Reducing cost and increasing efficiency at breeding

2021-06-01T17:34:28+00:00April 4, 2018|News|

When it comes to running a cattle operation, scrimping isn’t really saving because you will end up paying for it later.

However, if you do things the right way, you can save yourself a lot of money and it won’t have an adverse effect on the performance of your operation.

Breeding is one place you can make savings, partly owing to the fact that you can prepare for it well in advance.

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Preventing Bull Attacks

2021-06-01T17:36:07+00:00March 30, 2018|Breeding|

Bulls are among the most dangerous domesticated animals due to their size, strength and unpredictable temperament.

For this reason, farmers need to behave with extreme caution at all times around them, even if the bull seems docile.

You need to know what to look for if bull is threatening you, how to get out of that bind, and how to prevent yourself from getting into it in the first place.

Here are a few tips that we should all follow when keeping and handling a bull.

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Tips for handling your bull

2021-06-01T17:36:16+00:00March 29, 2018|Breeding|

Bulls require very different care to cows, and taking them out to grazing requires some special considerations.

Maintaining your bull’s body condition score (BCS) and keeping him uninjured (this could render him sub-fertile) is key to making your investment worthwhile.

Here are just a few things you should be considering when letting your bull out for grazing.

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How to detect a silent heat in cows

2021-06-01T17:36:45+00:00March 28, 2018|Breeding|

Getting all of your cows in calf as soon as possible is key to a profitable cattle operation.

With each missed heat costing dairy farmers €250 and suckler farmers €147, you can see how missing a few would add up.

However, one big obstacle many farmers face is when their cow, apparently, just doesn't go into heat.

Are they infertile? Not necessarily. They may have just had a silent heat.

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Grazing Systems for cattle farming

2021-06-01T17:38:58+00:00March 27, 2018|Breeding|

A lot of thought needs to go into how you’re going to graze your cattle; this is one of the biggest decisions you will make when it comes to your farm from a business perspective.

According to teagasc, one extra day at grass is worth €270/day/100 cows in spring. In autumn one extra day is worth €150/day/100 cows.

There are several ways you can break this down, and reasons you might go with each. Each system has their pros and cons. Hopefully this blog post can help you find the system that suits your operation.

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Signs of heat: breeding your cow or heifer at the right moment

2021-06-01T17:39:07+00:00March 27, 2018|Breeding|

Because you see the visual signs of heat does not necessarily mean you have to AI them then and there.

Sometimes they may be coming on, and thus not ready to be bred yet, and sometimes they are just after heat and you are too late.

With each missed heat costing a dairy farmer €250 and a suckler farmer €149, it is vital that you not only know the signs of heat, but what stage of it they're at.

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6 easy farm hacks you can do today

2021-06-01T17:39:13+00:00March 22, 2018|Breeding|

Necessity is the mother of invention and farming is the most necessary trade of all.

Whether it be sophisticated products that use algorithms (like our calving or heat sensors) or a bottle cut in half you can use to funnel fuel through, there are many ways to make farming easier.

Here are just a few 'Farm Hacks'

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Signs your cow or heifer is in heat

2021-06-01T17:39:41+00:00March 15, 2018|News|

Figuring out when your cows and heifers are in heat is a vital part of any dairy or suckler operation.

Cows tend go back into heat about two months after calving.

While it isn’t always obvious when they’re in estrus (heat), there are a few signs you can look out for to help.

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Things to know about a vasectomised ‘teaser’ bull

2021-06-01T17:40:08+00:00February 27, 2018|Breeding|

A teaser bull is the best option for farmers aiming to transition to AI. However a lot of people are unsure about what effect the procedure has.

This blog post will let you know what you’re getting in for. Once you give him the snip, there’s no going back.

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Things to look out for in your bull at breeding season

2021-06-01T17:44:00+00:00February 22, 2018|Breeding|

You've perfectly manicured his hooves and combed his silky coat. You're now ready to let your bull in along with the cows.

But is he ready to start breeding them? Your bull may have other ideas.

Is your bull looking sheepish after doing the business reliably for the last few years? Did he get off to a great start and then come to a grinding halt?

Here are a number of things you need to look out for to make sure your bull is working this breeding season.

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