An evening not to be missed if your are in the suckler business

Breeding and fertility is one of the most important aspects of running an efficient suckler system, according to Teagasc.

Teagasc is holding a suckler beef breeding event and maiden suckler heifer sale in Ballybay Mart, on Friday, May 1.

The event which kicks off at 5.30pm will include the sale of 70 heifers for sale, which Teagasc says are of excellent quality.

According to Teagasc all the stock on show are scanned not in‐calf and certified suitable for breeding by Dr Dan Ryan.

Heifers will be supplied by members of local Teagasc suckler discussion groups. Farmers are advised that the sale catalogue shows ICBF maternal star ratings of heifers.

The event will also include a live demonstration of suitable replacement suckler heifers.

Speakers will include John Brady, Bank of Ireland, Arthur Bredin, Progressive Geneitcs and Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist.


Key Teagasc advice for selecting suckler replacements

  • Focus on maintaining or even improving the potential milking ability of replacement heifers
  • Select heifers from your best cows in terms of their calving ability, temperament, fertility and condition
  • Avoid letting your herd become too purebred. A criss-cross breeding programme with at least two breeds will maintain hybrid vigour
  • Keep a closed herd which leaves your stock less exposed to disease risks
  • Assess the temperament of potential replacements prior to breeding