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Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF/TECHNOLOGY -

En­sure that you give dry cows a good qual­ity pre­calver min­eral for a suf­fi­cient pe­riod be­fore their due date. Jan­uary calvers will need sup­ple­men­ta­tion with min­er­als from the end of Novem­ber on­wards.

If you had is­sues this spring, are dif­fer­ent min­er­als re­quired?

Ask these ques­tions now! Group dry cows ac­cord­ing to body con­di­tion at hous­ing, and feed them ac­cord­ingly. If you are happy with body con­di­tion, group­ing cows ac­cord­ing to calv­ing date will make man­age­ment much eas­ier around calv­ing time. Get au­tumn born calves off to the best pos­si­ble start by in­tro­duc­ing a good qual­ity creep feed, if it is pos­si­ble to do so once they head in­doors. Don’t stock pens too heav­ily, to avoid bul­ly­ing of fresh cows and in­jury to young calves.

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