Finished Bulls 2018
Finished bulls are a key element of our beef enterprise. We aim to finish young bulls off a mainly grass based ration with a target live weight of 650kg at 13 months of age. None of our young stock has creep feed.
In 2018 we weaned our bull calves
with QuietWean nose flaps. The idea is that the calf wears
the nose flaps for about 4 days before weaning occurs. The
benefit is that the calf stays with it’s dam, but cannot suckle so
there is less stress for both calf and dam. We were very pleased
with how well the flaps worked and weaning was very quiet!
Details of the theory and research
behind the Quietwean flaps can be found at www.quietwean.com.
In 2018 our average weaning weight was 318kg at 7 months, which is 50% of our average dam weight.
The bulls then went on to a TMR growing/finishing ration which consisted of: 9kg of 14% beef finishing ration (with added yeast), 12kg grass silage (average silage that is typically Dry matter – 33%, Crude protein 12%, D value 67 and ME 10.5) and 3kg of water. The ration stays the same throughout the finishing programme, but the number of rations fed increases as live weight increases – so by the time the bulls are up to their target live weight they are getting just over 1 ration/head. This ration gave us an average dlwg over the finishing programme of 1.9kg/day – with 34% of the bulls doing over 2kg/day during this time. Please note that none of our young stock has creep feed – including bull calves.
2018 is the first year that our bulls have
been graded on the VIA 15 Point Automatic System. We had heard
various anecdotes about the new automatic system and were concerned
that it might have an impact on the grades for this year. This
was not the case and the grades were consistent with previous years.
Key Facts for 2018 Finished Bulls:
|Average age at weaning
||227 days / 7 months, 17
|Average Weaning Weight
|Average Live Weight at slaughter||651kg (target is 650kg)|
|Average Dead Weight||357kg|
|Average daily live weight gain from weaning to slaughter||1.9kg/day|
|Average finishing time||161 days|
|Average Age at slaughter||408 days / 13 months, 13 days|
grown grass silage
||12kg / ration|
|14% beef finishing blend||9kg / ration|
||3kg / ration|
|PERCENTAGE OF ANIMALS||37%||56.5%||6.5%|
Automatic grading/VIA 15 Point System
The great thing about the Stabiliser™ breed is
that the animals perform very consistently year after year. This
consistent performance helps us accurately predict feeding costs and