Breifne O'Brien

Breifne O

Breifne hails from a suckler, beef and sheep farm in Co. Cavan. He studied Agri-Environmental Science in University College Dublin. During his college years, he presented an agri-focused radio show on Belfield FM called 'Keepin' it Country'. In addition to his knowledge and passion for Irish agriculture, he also gained extensive international experience through time spent working on a 4,500-cow dairy farm in South Dakota in the US. He has previously worked in the agri-news sector and more recently has gained professional experience working in cattle procurement in the Irish beef sector.

Vet warns ‘no guarantee’ of late feeding reducing night calvings
Vet warns ‘no guarantee’ of late feeding reducing night calvings

A Teagasc vet has said that there is no guarantee that the number of cows calving at night will reduce...

Teagasc set to develop 100ac organic beef research farm
Teagasc set to develop 100ac organic beef research farm

Teagasc has confirmed that plans are currently in place to develop an organic beef research farm at Johnstown Castle, Co....

UCD students hear from McConalogue that agriculture is in a ‘really strong place’
UCD students hear from McConalogue that agriculture is in a ‘really strong place’

Agriculture and food are “in a really strong place” the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue ,said...

Bullocks over 500kg average €2.94/kg at Ballinrobe Mart
Bullocks over 500kg average €2.94/kg at Ballinrobe Mart

Ballinrobe Mart in Co. Mayo hosted its weekly general cattle sale on Wednesday, February 21, with the average price for...

Tributes paid following death of former mart group director
Tributes paid following death of former mart group director

Tributes have been paid following the death of a well-known former businessman and director of Brady Bros. Marts and Hotel...

Have beef prices peaked or is there more to come this year?
Have beef prices peaked or is there more to come this year?

This month saw increases in beef prices stall after moving up by approximately 50c/kg since last November, and many farmers...

Factory quotes: How is the beef trade looking this week?
Factory quotes: How is the beef trade looking this week?

This week’s factory quotes for beef see some level of pressure applied to the higher cow prices, as the quotes...

Cull dairy cows driving rise in factory cattle supply numbers
Cull dairy cows driving rise in factory cattle supply numbers

The Irish factory cattle supply has increased by 9,500 head to date this year, according to figures from the Department...

Newford Herd settles on 118ac Roscommon farm
Newford Herd settles on 118ac Roscommon farm

The Newford suckler demonstration farm which was established by Teagasc and Dawn Meats with support from McDonalds in 2015, took...

Mart report: Calf and cattle trade at Castleisland Mart
Mart report: Calf and cattle trade at Castleisland Mart

Castleisland Co Operative Livestock Mart in Co. Kerry hosted its weekly calf sale on Monday, February 19, with over 400...

Farmers importing slurry reminded to check eligibility
Farmers importing slurry reminded to check eligibility

Teagasc has reminded farmers who are considering importing slurry to access their soil nutrient requirements against slurry import rules. In...

Watch: How to find and use the CBV when buying calves
Watch: How to find and use the CBV when buying calves

As a result of the National Genotyping Programme (NGP), more dairy-beef calves will have a commercial beef value (CBV) to...

Charity bullock bought by Kepak at Delvin Mart for €3,700
Charity bullock bought by Kepak at Delvin Mart for €3,700

A 715kg Hereford-cross bullock sold for an impressive €3,700 at Delvin Mart last Thursday, February 15. The bullock was bought...

New agreements reached at latest ICBF meeting on index changes
New agreements reached at latest ICBF meeting on index changes

Agriland understands that the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has agreed to cap the benefit available to cows with extremely...

Curzon Livestock seeks 1,500 heavy bulls for export
Curzon Livestock seeks 1,500 heavy bulls for export

Co. Cork-based firm, Curzon Livestock has confirmed to Agriland that it has secured a contract to supply approximately 1,500 heavy...

Calf exporters see ferry bookings cancelled this week
Calf exporters see ferry bookings cancelled this week

Calf exporters using ferry services from Ireland to Cherbourg, France, this week have been informed that their bookings have been...

How are prices for chemical fertiliser looking this spring?
How are prices for chemical fertiliser looking this spring?

While ground conditions are still poor in most parts of the country, the first round of chemical fertiliser will likely...

Factory quotes: Cow prices slip but prime cattle steady
Factory quotes: Cow prices slip but prime cattle steady

This week’s factory quotes see some of the stronger cow prices take a wrap at the larger cow-buying outlets, but...