My Farming Week: 9 Commandments for Calf Rearing

101 calves born, two deaths but a very good calving season so far. We still have to work out our sexed semen success and our heifer : bull ratio – at last count we were about 56 dairy heifers, 5 beef heifers and the rest in bulls so the ratio is pretty good. Here’s my nine commandments for successful calf rearing – well, it’s keeping me going and the calves thriving!

9 Commandments for Calf Rearing

#1. Thou Must Be Patient

Patience is [...]

My Farming Week – Mart, Multi-Tasking, Weddings, Work and Writing

It has been such a busy week, I lay down on the sofa after Sunday lunch and slept for over an hour. It’s not often I nap and I woke up feeling that my afternoon had vanished – so much for relaxing with my crochet or a book for a while.

Multi-Tasking Farm Bride

February has been a busy month all round. We’ve had a christening and a wedding in the family and all on the same day. Off we went to [...]

My Farming Week – Cows, Calves, the Creamery and Croke Park

It’s been an interesting farming week at Garrendenny in terms of the calves born. At exactly the half way mark of 65 calves, 40 dairy heifer have been born (plus three Hereford cross heifers) so it’s an excellent ratio for us. As dairy farmers, we prefer heifers – they are higher value and it gives us more choice in two years time regarding which ones we want to keep in our own herd (we sell the others to other dairy [...]