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Suckler Beef Production In Ireland: Production Systems
Research by Paul Crosson and Mark McGee, at Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre focuses on profitability for suckler beef production. This section looks at the importance of production systems....
Breeding Heifers For Profit
The anticipated expansion in milk production, following the removal of EU Milk Quotas in 2015, will not be achieved without adequate numbers of AI bred, high EBI, early born and well-reared replacement heifers. Now is the time to start breeding the dairy...
XL Vets Best Practice Article: Maintaining A Tight Calving Pattern In Suckler Herds
It's important to have a tight calving pattern in most herds for a number of reasons, according to XL Vets. ...
When To Introduce Heifers To The Milking Herd?
Introducing newly calved heifers into the main herd after the afternoon milking, reduces exposure to aggression and improves welfare, according to new research from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute....
Bovine EID Update
At the end of February, the European Commission announced that it was working on a proposal to introduce electronic identification in bovine animals. TheCattleSite Editor Charlotte Johnston speaks with Sergio Pavon, the European Commission official in...
Plan Now To Improve Calving Weight
With higher calf prices in the fall of 2010, there is a belief in the industry that the prices will hold going into the fall of 2011. Higher prices provide an incentive to increase calf weaning weights and dollars received per calf when this upcoming...
Calf Health
The aim of successful calf rearing is to produce a healthy calf which is capable of optimum performance throughout its life from birth through to finishing, reports Bernadette Earley, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc....
High Concentrate Diets For Dairy Bulls
Finishing bulls on high concentrate diets is a high cost system with a large input of concentrate feeds. This article outlines the system required to ensure maximum performance, whilst remaining profitable, says Siobhán Kavanagh, Teagasc Specialist...
Beef Production From The Dairy Herd
At a recent dairy calf to beef conference in Ireland, Padraig French from Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, looked at current trends in beef production from the dairy herd. ...
Bull Beef Production From Holstein/Friesian Male Calves
The most profitable system of bull beef production is one where early born calves have a long grazing season, are well developed at the start of finishing and so require only a relatively short finishing period, say E.G. O'Riordan and M.G. Keane from...
Body Condition Scoring For Beef Cows
Beef cattle producers know that a cow’s body condition at the time of calving will affect the health of her calf and her ability to breed back in a timely manner....
Ultrasound Used To Predict Carcase Traits
Ultrasound scanning measurements taken before and after finishing can accurately predict carcase fat and has a moderate accuracy for carcase muscle, according to researchers from the Scottish Agricultural College. ...
Prevalence And Control Of BVDV
A study conducted by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System looks at the prevalence and control of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) on US cow-calf operations between 2007-2008....
Use Of Nutritional Supplements For Cows
Feed is a major proportion of the total cost of beef cattle production, which is why this fact sheet by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), looks at the use and benefits of nutritional supplements....
Age, Source Verification May Open Beef Markets
Weaning is a good time to consider enrolling in an age- and source-verification programme, says Karl Hoppe, Extension Service area livestock specialist at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Centre....
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