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Suckler beef management of the suckler cow and the weaned calf.

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service.

Suckler beef management of the suckler cow and the weaned calf.

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Published by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Pinner .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Formerly PFE4.

SeriesBooklet 2164
ContributionsGreat Britain. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14120503M

In conclusion, the relationships between cow MY and calf pre-weaning growth, as well as the quantitative impact of cow genotype and parity were determined for pasture-based beef suckler systems; the coefficients generated can be used for improving beef cow-calf management strategies, beef cattle breeding programmes and bio-economic modelling. However, BDX were times (Pcalf at birth relative to beef cows. Calves weaned from BDX were heavier ( kg; Pweaning, reached slaughter Background. A key component of profitable suckler beef production is calf output. In Ireland, a target of calves weaned per female mated is the desired production goal [].Thus, any factors affecting calf output either directly through increased calf mortality, reduced calf performance or indirectly through reduced herd reproductive performance will affect both farm profitability and. The Stabiliser® Cattle Company is the leader in UK suckler beef genetics. Our aim is to continuously improve the economic efficiency of Stabiliser suckler cows by using the best available genetics and employing the best available tools in our breeding programme.


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Suckler beef management of the suckler cow and the weaned calf. by Agricultural Development and Advisory Service. Download PDF EPUB FB2

Suckler calf management at weaning: How can farmers optimise efficiency. The Beef Environmental Efficiency Scheme – Suckler (BEEP-S) offers farmers the opportunity to increase economic and environmental efficiency of their suckler herd.

The programme targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves through collecting the animals’ liveweights; improving the welfare of suckler calves at the time of weaning; and controlling fluke in adult suckler cows.

The Beef Environmental Efficiency Scheme- Suckler (BEEP-S) offers farmers the opportunity to increase economic and environmental efficiency of their suckler herd. The Programme targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves through collecting the animals’ liveweights; improving the welfare of suckler calves at the time of weaning; and controlling fluke in adult suckler cows.

The spring-calving suckler cow should be a condition score of 3 at weaning. This will allow her to be restricted over the winter feeding period to reduce costs. The. Key performance indicators (KPIs) to consider at calving and weaning. Number of calves weaned per cows and heifers put to the bull.

Your target should be 94, although may be a more. Avoid abrupt weaning of all animals at the one time. Gradual weaning is better. Calves should be weaned in at least two separate groups with each cow group being removed at a minimum interval of five days.

Feeding concentrates pre-weaning. Research at Teagasc Grange has shown that single-suckled beef calves supplemented with concentrates prior to weaning. weaned from the cows and heifers that are mated. Nutrition, health and good management drive fertility. Feeding makes a particularly important contribution to fertility, calving ease and calf performance.

Feed is a major cost of keeping a suckler cow. Careful management of body condition Suckler beef management of the suckler cow and the weaned calf. book vital to allow cows. BEEF - In pursuit of the perfect suckler cow; BEEF - In pursuit of the perfect suckler cow.

26 Nov Gill and Malcolm Pye bought their acre Rednock Estate in Stirlingshire in Having researched and invested in the development of an improved suckler female for the past 30 years, the site was bought with the intention of giving them.

It includes both suckler and dairy calf to beef systems. As the production of the suckler calf up until it is weaned from the cow is quite similar this stage of the production cycle is not covered under each system, with an assumed common weaning weight for male and female calves of kg and kg liveweight, respectively.

The output differences between suckler and dairy calf-to-beef systems largely reflect the maintenance cost of the beef suckler cow. The calculations above did not include carcass output from the cow when culled.

Nitrogen balance ha − 1. Surplus N within grassland-based production systems is susceptible to loss to the wider environment. calves weaned from the cows and heifers that are mated.

Nutrition, health and good management drive fertility. Feeding makes a particularly important contribution to fertility, calving ease and calf performance.

Feed is a major cost of keeping a suckler cow. Careful management of body condition is vital to allow cows to. Weaning can be a stressful experience for a cow and calf, breaking the maternal-offspring bond and removing milk from the calf’s diet.

However, there are strategies beef producers can take to. A suckler herd must maximise the kilograms of calf (output) produced per cow each year as calf sales account for the majority of herd output. This can be achieved through improving fertility, targeting a day calving interval and maximising calves sold per cows bulled.

The breeding policy on all suckler beef farms should be to maximise live weight gain through exploiting breed differences and hybrid vigour.

Research has clearly shown that using a crossbred cow as opposed to a purebred cow results in an increase of 13% in terms of weaning weight of calf per cow.

FINISHING THE WEANED SUCKLER CALF Suckled calf production is the only viable cattle option on many farms in the hills and uplands, and forms an important complementary enterprise to hill sheep production in these areas.

The majority of herds either calve in the spring (February to April) or in the autumn (September to November).

It becomes increasingly difficult for bigger cows to produce calves that grow efficiently. Kevin highlighted, “As a rule of thumb, a suckler cow should be weaning a calf 45 - 50% her bodyweight at days.” Many farms are achieving 40% or less.

Lighter cows produce more kilos as a percentage of their weight. In terms of suckler cows, the standard answer is always kg. when looking at cow efficiency it's important to measure the weight of calf reared against the weight of cow to the bull.

The aim is to rear 50% of cow weight but as an industry, we are currently in the low 40% at best. The importance of mature cow weight in UK suckler beef production Introduction Within the UK beef industry, a tendency exists among breeders to select for larger framed animals A major driving force behind this policy is the positive relationship (typically a correlation of ) between mature size and the growth rates of offspring.

Delivery. “Suckler Beef - A practical guide to profitability” offers tips on every aspect of production including profit drivers, suckler cow management, replacement heifer management, calf management, genetic evaluation, sire selection and management, and calf fattening. In each chapter, the key factors are discussed and best practices and guidelines are explained in an easy to.

The effect of beef suckler cow genotype on feed intake, performance, milk yield and on pre advantage in weight of calf weaned per cow put to the bull could be expected from Herd management The Grange spring-calving suckler herd was used over 4 consecutive years ( to ).

The five cow genotypes exam. There have been few studies published internationally which document herd health management practices in suckler beef herds and no published Irish studies. The study objective was to document herd health status and management practices on sixteen Irish suckler beef herds over a two year period (–).

The farms used in the study were part of the Teagasc BETTER farm beef programme. Table 1: A gross margin for an average performing, Upland spring calving suckler cow per year. Output consists of the value of the weaned calf at days old. Fertility. A suckler herd must maximise the kilograms of calf (output) produced per cow each year as calf sales account for the majority of.

most calves weaned from the cows and heifers that have mated. It costs between £ - £ to keep a suckler cow for a year, so it is crucial that she produces a viable calf every year (AHDB, ).

Nutrition, health and good management influence fertility. Feeding makes a particularly important contribution to. Cow condition can also be manipulated by varying weaning time- earlier to improve cow condition, later to reduce cow condition.

As cows get fatter they have more difficulty calving, increasing the risk of caesareans or even calf mortality. Cows with low body condition scores have higher levels of anoestrus resulting in poorer fertility.

The smaller cow has the advantage of a lower cost of maintenance than the larger cow whilst also enabling a higher stocking rate and more calves on the ground.

Cost of keeping smaller VS larger suckler cows. Often larger cows are kept because they look better, are bigger, may produce a bigger calf and have a higher cull value.

There are costs. Targets for suckler herd fertility 3 Fertility results from Scottish suckler herds 4 Improving calf value at weaning through compact calving 5 The value of combining fertility and compact calving 7 Understanding the reproductive cycle 8 Case study 1 – Good fertility is achievable 9.

Despite a late spring, suckler calves performed well on most beef farms. Thu, 18 Aug, - Anthony O’Connor, Teagasc Adviser, Galway / Clare, Regional Unit. Payment will be on beef breed (dam and sire) animals born in the herd between 1 July and 30 June Applications open on until 15 May Additional information.

Grant aid of up to €8, available per suckler farmer; Up to €90 for the first 10 calf/cow pairs and €80 for the remainder up to a maximum of pairs/herd.

He also changed from a suckler-to-weaning system to finishing all progeny on-farm. The farm produces undermonth bull beef and month heifer beef. The suckler cow herd has a split calving system: 60% of cows calve in the spring and 40% in the summer. Tom ensures compact calving, with a calving spread of eight weeks.

“We became aware that suckler cows of a lower weight are, in general, more efficient at producing improved calf weight per unit of cow weight simply due to the higher cost of maintaining bigger cows.” During a month period, 75% of feed consumed is used for maintenance by the animal which is directly related to cow size.

Calfhood diseases have a major impact on the economic viability of cattle operations. This is the first in a three part review series on calf health from birth to weaning, focusing on preventive measures.

The review considers both pre- and periparturient management factors influencing calf health, colostrum management in beef and dairy calves and further nutrition and weaning in dairy. Investigating Profitable Suckler Cow Production, based on the maximum utilisation of forage SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND with each cow weaning a calf at 50% of their body weight.

They are still importing 40 embryos a year In Scotland there arebeef cows compared with justdairy cows. The. Few things are as important as pre-calving nutrition. The last trimester of gestation, particularly the last days, is the most critical period in the life of this year's newborn calf and also next year's is done for the fetus at this time impacts its survivability and long-term health and performance.

Meanwhile, what we do at this time for the cow affects her future breeding. In basic terms the fertility efficiency of a beef suckler herd can be defined as achieving the maximum output (kg) of saleable beef per breeding cow per year (Fig 1). Any factor that prevents a cow from conceiving, carrying a calf to term, delivering a live calf and rearing it successfully to weaning will therefore have an impact on herd fertility.

It becomes increasingly difficult for bigger cows to produce calves that grow efficiently. Kevin highlighted, “As a rule of thumb, a suckler cow should be weaning a calf 45 – 50% her bodyweight at days.” Many farms are achieving 40% or less. Lighter cows produce more kilos as a percentage of their weight.

A slight setback in calf performance may be expected around weaning but the severity of any decline in performance can be greatly offset by good management. Weaning should be gradual and never abrupt. The use of creep gates for forward grazing or introducing meal by creep feeding will help to break the bond between cow and calf prior to weaning.

The support provided will help the environmental and social benefits that arise from extensive beef suckler herds in Scotland. The beef sector has accounted for 22 per cent of Scottish agricultural output over the last 10 years and beef production is the largest agricultural sector in Scotland.

Ab people are employed on beef cattle. A change of breed has transformed performance, lifestyle and profit for suckler beef farmer Billy O’Kane. Billy and his wife Liz run a herd of Stabiliser suckler cows near Ballymena. The outstanding herd performance won them the prestigious Farmer’s Weekly UK Beef Farmer of.

Beef; BEEF SUCKLER - Time for some pre-calving tips; BEEF SUCKLER - Time for some pre-calving tips. 9 Apr As we look ahead again to the calving season, it is essential to understand and as far as possible control the factors that impact on the health and performance of the cow.

Within beef-suckler cow genotypes, calf passive immunity is similar for many common beef breeds, but is generally higher for calves from beef × dairy cows. Compared to older cows, calves from younger cows, especially primiparous animals, have lower serum immunoglobulin concentrations.

General Management. Move "close" cows to calving area about 10 days before expected calving. Observe every hours after calving starts. Follow calving season management practices as for heifers previous month. Implement Sandhills Calving System if calf scours are a problem.

Mark cows having calving difficulty or other problems for early culling. Maternal breeding strategies are complex. The ideal genetic makeup of a suckler cow depends on more traits than cattle destined for slaughter.

Profitable suckler cows need to: + Reach puberty at the desired age and calve without difficulty + Wean a calf annually which fits market requirements + Adapt to the resources on the farm – its.The book also looks at how the UK beef industry can become a more competitive player in international markets.

Specifically, it explores the role of composite breeds in rectifying the damaging effects of relying on dairy-bred dams and large-framed, heavy continental breeds to produce suckler cows.the various suckler enterprises surveyed made a positive net margin.

If the industry is going to make any money from beef cows it needs to take a good look at its most fundamental resource Πthe cow. The right cow has to produce one high quality beef calf, each year, at a profit.