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From the farm to the mart

What do cattle do from birth to death in a conventional breeding farm? What happens throughout their journey from their birthplace to a livestock mart? I donít answer such questions, rather what you can see through these images itís nothing other than what you might see living on a farm of that kind for nearly a year. Iíve got a bit of Ďbreading farm-farmer-working lifeí combined with the surroundings, trying to connect these aspects with the animals. Actually, I wasn't there to do this, but as an au-pair, minding an 8-year-old child and doing some basic home chores.

The farm is located in the south of the city of Kilkenny, in the middle of verdant hills. It normally holds about 250-300 cattle and its size is around 250 acres (100 hectares). They breed Charolais bulls that are rather used in Ireland for their easy adaptation to the Irish environment and climate conditions. Normally, in this context, the life span of a bull isn't more than 72 months. However, they are usually sold earlier.
A bull that shows particular high features instead, is kept alive even longer for genetic improvement. Cattle are mainly kept covered in pens during the coldest period, whereas during the warmest one which may vary every year, they're on pasture. During this period, fecundation happens as well.

Where do cattle eventually end up? in this case in a cattle mart. And what's this?
Try to imagine an auction, that's it.
The overlook of the farm house
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The overlook of the farm house
A nearly adult of Charolais bull
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A nearly adult of Charolais bull
Brian, the farm holder
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Brian, the farm holder
Ben, one of the family's dogs. Dogs, in contexts like this, are also essential in moving herds
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Ben, one of the family's dogs. Dogs, in contexts like this, are also essential in moving herds
During the coldest period until after having given birth, cows are kept in pens inside proper sheds
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During the coldest period until after having given birth, cows are kept in pens inside proper sheds
The top view of the farmhouse in 1982
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The top view of the farmhouse in 1982
Sugar beets are part of cattle diet during the winter season. It's a great source of energy, but low in proteins.
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Sugar beets are part of cattle diet during the winter season. It's a great source of energy, but low in proteins.
Buckets are being filled with a mixture of grains to be then given to cattle as a part of their winter diet. It is usually added on top of the daily food ration of grass, hay or barley
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Buckets are being filled with a mixture of grains to be then given to cattle as a part of their winter diet. It is usually added on top of the daily food ration of grass, hay or barley
From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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Sugar beets are being broken into chunks so as to ease its distribution and to be eaten more easily.
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Sugar beets are being broken into chunks so as to ease its distribution and to be eaten more easily.
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The farm runs also thanks to foreign students and farmers who take their internship or choose to have an experience abroad. Here are Giovanni from Italy and Cameron from Canada
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The farm runs also thanks to foreign students and farmers who take their internship or choose to have an experience abroad. Here are Giovanni from Italy and Cameron from Canada
From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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Machinery maintenance takes place before they are used
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Machinery maintenance takes place before they are used
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From the farm to the mart
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A placenta
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A placenta
Milk is usually milked by the farmer. Hardly, calves are directly fed by the mother just after birth
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Milk is usually milked by the farmer. Hardly, calves are directly fed by the mother just after birth
From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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Farmers while being in proximity of calves have to keep an eye on the respective mothers that might be crossed and offensive in some occasions. 

Cattle in conventional farms are dehorned, this is principally done to avoid them from getting wounds when playing  with one another or fighting. It is also done to reduce the safety risks that cattle handlers may undergo indeed.
But probably, the main reason is that injured animals could affect its overall welfare and consequently the production
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Farmers while being in proximity of calves have to keep an eye on the respective mothers that might be crossed and offensive in some occasions.

Cattle in conventional farms are dehorned, this is principally done to avoid them from getting wounds when playing with one another or fighting. It is also done to reduce the safety risks that cattle handlers may undergo indeed.
But probably, the main reason is that injured animals could affect its overall welfare and consequently the production
From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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Preparation of the soil for sowing
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Preparation of the soil for sowing
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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Cattle are used to scratching themselves wherever they can
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Cattle are used to scratching themselves wherever they can
Two calves playing running after each other. The calf on the right has been painted blue in order to recognise which the mom is
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Two calves playing running after each other. The calf on the right has been painted blue in order to recognise which the mom is
Cows and a bull (the one on the left in the foreground)
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Cows and a bull (the one on the left in the foreground)
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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A bull that is about to be loaded and taken to the cattle mart
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A bull that is about to be loaded and taken to the cattle mart
The Kilkenny's cattle mart
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The Kilkenny's cattle mart
From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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A document that certifies the features of a bull. The higher the values the higher the starting price
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A document that certifies the features of a bull. The higher the values the higher the starting price
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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From the farm to the mart
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