Heifers

Are your heifers on target?

Are your heifers on target?

Achieving target weights is important for heifers; those that fail to reach target before calving will produce less milk in...

September 2, 2018

The curious case of Ireland’s ‘geriatric’ heifers

The curious case of Ireland’s ‘geriatric’ heifers

Through the use of figures from the Department of Agriculture, it’s easy to paint a picture of the age profile...

August 18, 2018

I’m thinking of weaning spring-born calves, but what do I feed them?

I’m thinking of weaning spring-born calves, but what do I feed them?

Over the coming weeks, farmers will turn their attention to weaning spring-born calves. This should be done earlier this year...

July 23, 2018

Pics and prices: Bulls popular, but heifers harder sold at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Bulls popular, but heifers harder sold at Carnaross Mart

A seasonal small sale took place at Carnaross Mart on Tuesday evening last (July 17). However, a large crowd gathered...

July 19, 2018

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months has raised some concerns among farmers in the past. There are many factors which deter...

June 30, 2018

Farmers reminded to plan ahead to meet BDGP targets

Farmers reminded to plan ahead to meet BDGP targets

Farmers who intend to breed their own replacement heifers to meet the female requirement under the Beef Data and Genomics...

June 14, 2018

Pics and prices: Cow with twin bulls at foot fetches €2,800 at Ballyjamesduff Mart

Pics and prices: Cow with twin bulls at foot fetches €2,800 at Ballyjamesduff Mart

Ballyjamesduff Mart’s weekly cattle sale took place on Tuesday last (May 15). A mixture of farmers, feedlot buyers and exporters...

May 19, 2018

May beef returns increase marginally

May beef returns increase marginally

An analysis of the average prices paid for base steers and heifers during the first two weeks of May 2018...

May 18, 2018

Pics and prices: Weanling bulls sell to a top call of €3.35/kg at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Weanling bulls sell to a top call of €3.35/kg at Carnaross Mart

Carnaross Mart’s weekly weanling bull, heifer and suckler cow sale took place on Tuesday evening last (May 15). Farmers were active...

May 18, 2018

Pics and prices: Over 200 cows on offer at Kilkenny Mart

Pics and prices: Over 200 cows on offer at Kilkenny Mart

A large cattle sale – consisting of 1,400 animals – was witnessed in Kilkenny Mart, Cillin Hill, on Thursday last...

May 12, 2018

Pics and prices: Exporters and grass buyers out in force at Castlerea Mart

Pics and prices: Exporters and grass buyers out in force at Castlerea Mart

A large number of cattle were presented for sale at Castlerea Mart, Co. Roscommon, on Thursday last. Both exporters and...

May 5, 2018

Pics and prices: Bullocks sell to a top price of €1,780 at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Bullocks sell to a top price of €1,780 at Carnaross Mart

The trade was brisk from start to finish for all types of stock at Carnaross Mart on Monday last (April...

April 24, 2018

Dairy focus: Rearing 300 heifers on contract in Co. Sligo

Dairy focus: Rearing 300 heifers on contract in Co. Sligo

Back in 2009, Neil Boland was faced with the dilemma to either increase suckler cow numbers or to look at...

April 23, 2018

How do I get my replacement heifers back on track to calve at 24 months?

How do I get my replacement heifers back on track to calve at 24 months?

Calving heifers at 24 months has raised some concerns among farmers in the past. There are many factors which deter...

April 22, 2018

Pics and prices: ‘Grass buyers’ drive the trade at Delvin Mart

Pics and prices: ‘Grass buyers’ drive the trade at Delvin Mart

Delvin Mart’s weekly cattle sale took place on Thursday last (April 19). A mixture of farmers, feedlot buyers and exporters...

April 21, 2018

Beef focus: Self sufficiency boosts profit on beef enterprise in Co. Kilkenny

Beef focus: Self sufficiency boosts profit on beef enterprise in Co. Kilkenny

Farming in Bishop’s Demesne, Co. Kilkenny, Reginald ‘Reggie’ Brennan operates a suckler-to-beef enterprise under an autumn-calving system. All progeny are...

April 18, 2018

High-maternal heifers to go under the hammer at Ballybay Mart

High-maternal heifers to go under the hammer at Ballybay Mart

The sixth annual maiden suckler heifer sale is set to take place at Ballybay Mart on April 28. The sale...

April 13, 2018

Pics and prices: Lighter continental stock in demand at Kilkenny Mart

Pics and prices: Lighter continental stock in demand at Kilkenny Mart

A large cattle sale, consisting of 1,050 animals, was witnessed in Kilkenny Mart, Cillin Hill, on Thursday last (April 5)....

April 7, 2018