Gerry Boyle is a beef farmer from Lisduff, Loughmourne, Castleblayney in Co. Monaghan and he began feeding Lakeland Agri’s Super Beef Nut for the first time last year.
In November 2018, Gerry entered three of his Limousin animals, one Limousin weanling bull and two Limousin heifers, into the Carrick on Shannon show and sale. The three animals were born between the end of January and start of February, 2018.
Gerry’s animals were fed, 25kg of Lakeland Agri’s Super Beef Nut, every second day. (4kg per head/day). Up until the week before the show, animals were still at grass and receiving 4 kgs/head/day and good quality hay.
On show day, the 9 month old bull weighed in at an exceptional weight of 476kg. As a result, Gerry received 1st price with this bull in the 350-550kg class of 15 animals and went on to sell for €3,250 (£2,925), working out at €6.82/kg (£6.12kg).
The two 9 month old heifers weighed in at 470kg and 503kg, which meant that they were overweight to compete in their 350-450kg class. This was still very positive for Gerry as his heifers were a huge talking point on the day.
“Numerous people at the show complemented me on just how well the animals were looking on the day. I had many farmers approach me to enquire about what feed I was using to achieve such exceptional weight gain. It was a pleasure preparing them for the show as their hair was much fuller and their coats were much more shiny and oily, compared to stock who were previously fed rations with a different make up.”
Apart from this, Gerry states his animals appeared more content when being fed Lakeland Agri’s Super Beef Nut.
“I definitely saw a change in behaviour with the animals as well. Usually, they would finish to the end of the feeder and still want more, however with Lakeland Agri’s Super Beef Nut, the animals appeared to stay fuller for longer.”