Cows: 70 Limousin X Friesian, Charolais X Friesian, Simmental X Friesian, Aberdeen Angus X Friesian.
In-calf heifers: 6 Limousin X Friesian (from dairy herd)
Maiden heifers: Limousin X Friesian from dairy herd
Bulls: 1 Charolais and 1 Limousin
Calving dates: Autumn (40%) and Spring (60%)
Normal turn-out date: mid March
Normal housing date: early to mid-November.
Feeding during housing: silage, straw and minerals with a diet feeder.
Housing: Straw bedding or slats in the suckler shed.
The cows and calves are mixed grazed with the sheep flock.
Spring-born bull calves are weaned mid-September and heifer calves are weaned a month later, following the introduction of creep feeding in mid-September. Autumn-boun calves are weaned mid-July. After weaning calves are transferred to the Beef Cattle enterprise.
Beef Cattle enterprise:
Breeds: Charolais, Limousin and Simmental crosses, also Friesian.
Housing: Slatted unit
Feeding: Grass and maize silage plus concentrates with a diet feeder
Finishing for beef:
Heifers from suckler herd:16-22 months old
Spring bulls from suckler herd: 15-16 months old
Autumn bulls from suckler herd: 18-19 months old
Heifers from dairy herd: at 21-24 months old
Bullocks from dairy herd: 24-26 months old