Suckler Cows

Buildings focus: Housing 60 head of suckler cows in a new cubicle shed in Co. Kildare

Buildings focus: Housing 60 head of suckler cows in a new cubicle shed in Co. Kildare

The first buildings focus of 2020 saw AgriLand pay a visit to a new cubicle and calving shed in Crookstown, Co....

January 11, 2020

Map: How many suckler cows are there in each county of Ireland?

Map: How many suckler cows are there in each county of Ireland?

Data released by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) shows that the national suckler cow herd totals just 934,273 cows...

January 6, 2020

Clearance sale: 90 suckler cows at Ballyjamesduff Mart this evening

Clearance sale: 90 suckler cows at Ballyjamesduff Mart this evening

A suckler herd clearance sale will be taking place at Ballyjamesduff Mart, Co. Cavan, this evening, Wednesday, December 4. The...

December 4, 2019

What can I do to help get my autumn-calving cows back in calf?

What can I do to help get my autumn-calving cows back in calf?

The calving season on approximately 20% of the majority of Irish suckler farms that operate an autumn-calving system has drawn...

November 4, 2019

Suckler calf numbers born in August continue to fall

Suckler calf numbers born in August continue to fall

Figures have indicated to a slight reduction in the number of calves registered to suckler cows during the month of...

November 3, 2019

Beef focus: Steers and heifers performing well from grass and clover in Co. Meath

Beef focus: Steers and heifers performing well from grass and clover in Co. Meath

Located in Grange, Co. Meath, the Derrypatrick Herd is a suckler-to-beef operation. Its primary objective is to evaluate suckler calf-to-beef production...

October 10, 2019

SCSI/Teagasc report: €381/ha gross margin for suckling enterprises

SCSI/Teagasc report: €381/ha gross margin for suckling enterprises

In 2018, the average gross margin per hectare earned on single suckling enterprises is estimated to have been €381/ha, a...

May 14, 2019

How should I be managing and feeding my suckler cows after calving?

How should I be managing and feeding my suckler cows after calving?

The calving period on suckler farms across the country is well underway. And, from talking to suckler farmers around the...

March 31, 2019

Canadian cow gives birth to whopping 94kg calf

Canadian cow gives birth to whopping 94kg calf

A Simmental cross cow has ‘broke the scales’ and – against the odds – given birth to a 208lb (94kg)...

March 29, 2019

PGI status should be given to ‘less intensive’ suckler systems

PGI status should be given to ‘less intensive’ suckler systems

Any initiative to get EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for beef should be focused on developing a niche for...

March 6, 2019

Video: Ulster farmer to put 900 heifers ‘on the market’ this Saturday

Video: Ulster farmer to put 900 heifers ‘on the market’ this Saturday

Father/son farming duo in Randalstown, Co. Antrim, James and Nelson Alexander will host an open day this Saturday, March 9,...

March 5, 2019

Nutrition and body condition critical for getting autumn-calving cows back in calf

Nutrition and body condition critical for getting autumn-calving cows back in calf

The calving season on approximately 20% of Irish suckler farms that operate an autumn-calving system has drawn to a close....

October 21, 2018

What should I feed my spring-calving cows and heifers this winter?

What should I feed my spring-calving cows and heifers this winter?

Calving may seem like a long way away for spring-calving suckler herds, but winter management is key to the success...

October 19, 2018

€40/suckler cow: ‘Farmers need to understand why they are weighing their calves’

€40/suckler cow: ‘Farmers need to understand why they are weighing their calves’

Shane and Joanne Bowers run a pedigree Aubrac herd in Shrubbywood, Co. Westmeath. Both Shane and Joanne work off-farm, but...

October 11, 2018

Creed deems current suckler supports ‘appropriate’

Creed deems current suckler supports ‘appropriate’

The current range of supports available to suckler farmers, together with ensuring market access to as many markets as possible, are...

September 27, 2018

Should more suckler farms be using AI?

Should more suckler farms be using AI?

Currently, the amount of suckler farms in Ireland using AI is low; somewhere in the region of 23% of progeny...

June 3, 2018

Close observation needed during this breeding season

Close observation needed during this breeding season

By now, early-calving suckler cows will have commenced cycling and the majority of suckler herds will start breeding in the...

May 20, 2018

What should you be feeding your suckler cows after calving?

What should you be feeding your suckler cows after calving?

The calving period on suckler farms across the country is well underway. However, the inclement and adverse weather – in...

March 30, 2018