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Great spring weather- why keep your beef cattle in?

  • 14-02-2023 6:24pm
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    Never seen a spell of February weather like it.

    A lot of weanlings are out but a lot more could be. We hear a lot about reasons to let stock off early but what are the main reasons for keeping them in this year!?

    Great spring weather- why keep your beef cattle in? 52 votes

    Have some out already
    44% 23 votes
    Ground still too wet
    17% 9 votes
    Not enough grass- will run out
    26% 14 votes
    Too much hassle in dark evenings
    3% 2 votes
    They'll get pneumonia if I have to re-house
    1% 1 vote
    Not worth it they'll catch up
    5% 3 votes


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,721 ✭✭✭893bet

    None of our land would be dry enough to graze without damage yet. Main reason.

    Shag all grass also.

    Not worth the hassle yet.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 3,619 Mod ✭✭✭✭Siamsa Sessions

    I could probably tick most of those options to some extent.

    Trading as Sullivan’s Farm on YouTube

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,218 ✭✭✭Dunedin

    Have 14 weanlings out. Feck all grass yet so giving them a bale in a feeder but they’re happy out. Heavy enough ground here but doing no harm yet.

    long range giving very little rain til 1 March.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,218 ✭✭✭Dunedin

    Giving very little rain here in the midlands up to 1 March.

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    Shelter is key for stock heading out. If they have a good wind break they will do better outside.

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    Had 15 out since Friday, brought them back in yesterday after the forecast.

    Might get them out again, just grazing down the silage field, didn't have a massive cover anyway, just tidying it up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,037 ✭✭✭Who2

    I’ve 15 weanling heifers out full time about a forthnight now and I’ve 7 replacements and a bull out a week. I housed early and I’ve oceans of grass that needs cleaning off. I don’t want to try the cows and calves yet as they would find it harder to readjust if they had to be re housed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,464 ✭✭✭✭_Brian

    We have light runners out all winter, they can come in and feed at barrier and use slatted shed if they want. bit of picking for them

    heavier stock would trample ground and set it back terribly. Be another 6 weeks based on usual years.

    no grass growing yet

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    It's gone cold too.

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    There's the possibility of snow showers and bands coming from the northwest next tuesday into Wednesday. On the GEM model.

    The fine spell of weather we had doesn't look to be so fine now.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,344 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    As soon as I let them out....the weather will go to shìt....

    "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." - Fletcher