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i'll calve 2-3 heifers a year at 21 months once there big enough there served regardless of age.

My criteria for service is animals that are alive on May 10th.

When we were building the herd we would have been calving into May and keeping the offspring to breed the following year but now all replacements are born in the first 3 weeks
 
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Rossymons

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Cornwall
i'll calve 2-3 heifers a year at 21 months once there big enough there served regardless of age.

There's a lot to be said for that. What I'm doing now compared to the crap job I did of growing my own heifers has been pretty eye opening.

General consensus is that if they're in good condition, looking well and bulling strong then serve them - age and size don't matter.
 

More to life

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Somerset
There's a lot to be said for that. What I'm doing now compared to the crap job I did of growing my own heifers has been pretty eye opening.

General consensus is that if they're in good condition, looking well and bulling strong then serve them - age and size don't matter.
I think it's pretty cool to get a second calf out of a 2yr old.
 
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East Mids
Same here, we use plenty of sexed semen and have all replacements born in the first 3 weeks.
Yup, 3-4 weeks for us. Since we tightened that up, of course, unless you change your system then by default you are breeding to calve at 2 years. When we had replacements born over 12 weeks we could calve some at 22 months if they were large enough to serve, but now if we do that we will be bringing the calving period forward which we do not want. So our average age at first calving has gone up from about 713 days to 735.
 

crashbox

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Livestock Farmer
What are people's experiences with applying well rotted manure to grazing platform during the season?

Got a low potash field here (1+ to 2-), thought a light flick of very black stuff might give it a boost and add organics...

But will it bugger up the grass?

Extending rotation out to 30 days there as dry as a chip already...
 

In the pit

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Pembrokeshire
What are people's experiences with applying well rotted manure to grazing platform during the season?

Got a low potash field here (1+ to 2-), thought a light flick of very black stuff might give it a boost and add organics...

But will it bugger up the grass?

Extending rotation out to 30 days there as dry as a chip already...
I’ve always done it through July /aug and covered as much of the grazing area as possible
Biggest thing is getting the right bloke on the spreader
 
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20 days to the start of service
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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