Suckler Herd

Skidoo suckler herd dispersal set for Carnaross this Friday

Skidoo suckler herd dispersal set for Carnaross this Friday

A total of 60 in-calf commercial suckler cows from the Skidoo herd are set to go under the hammer this...

October 21, 2021

Suckler calving statistics for 2021 released by ICBF

Suckler calving statistics for 2021 released by ICBF

The 2021 HerdPlus suckler beef calving reports have been released by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF). The 2021 data...

September 19, 2021

Are your suckler cows in the right condition for breeding?

Are your suckler cows in the right condition for breeding?

With the breeding season soon getting into action in spring-calving suckler herds, farmers need to look at the condition of...

April 18, 2021

What gains have been made from BEEP-S?

What gains have been made from BEEP-S?

The Beef Environment Efficiency Programme – Sucklers (BEEP-S) was a scheme in place throughout 2020 for suckler farmers. It involved...

February 14, 2021

BEAM flexibility based on Covid restrictions and falling suckler numbers called for

BEAM flexibility based on Covid restrictions and falling suckler numbers called for

Penalties associated with the 5% reduction of bovine livestock manure nitrogen under the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) should be...

January 14, 2021

Any attempts to cull suckler herds ‘will not be tolerated’

Any attempts to cull suckler herds ‘will not be tolerated’

“Any attempts to cull our environmentally-sustainable traditional suckler herds will not be tolerated,” according to the Irish Natura and Hill...

May 11, 2020

Suckler clearance sale scheduled for next week

Suckler clearance sale scheduled for next week

A suckler clearance sale, being held on behalf of two herd owners, is set to take place in Co. Kildare...

October 18, 2019

Emission targets can be met without beef cull – but farmer buy-in needed

Emission targets can be met without beef cull – but farmer buy-in needed

The Irish agricultural sector can meet its climate action targets without reducing the national beef herd – but only if...

October 16, 2019

How was the reproductive performance of the suckler herd in 2018?

How was the reproductive performance of the suckler herd in 2018?

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) recently published 2018 beef calving statistics, which is aimed to give suckler farmers an insight...

November 24, 2018

‘Suckler farmers would be better off not in BDGP at all’ – mart manager

‘Suckler farmers would be better off not in BDGP at all’ – mart manager

If suckler beef was marketed as a “premium product” the sector wouldn’t be “forced to beg” the Government for the...

May 21, 2018

‘The amount of money the BDGP has taken out of my pocket is unbelievable’

‘The amount of money the BDGP has taken out of my pocket is unbelievable’

Concerns over the suckler herd’s survival and the efficacy of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) will be raised...

May 17, 2018

Creed hints at ‘early slaughter premium’ to support sucklers

Creed hints at ‘early slaughter premium’ to support sucklers

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, is considering the introduction of an “early slaughter premium” as...

May 10, 2018

Suckler conundrum poll: How would a payment be funded?

Suckler conundrum poll: How would a payment be funded?

As debate over the potential introduction of a €200 / suckler cow subsidy rumbles on, AgriLand asks how would such...

February 23, 2018

National suckler herd’s economic importance to be studied in early 2018

National suckler herd’s economic importance to be studied in early 2018

A study on the economic importance of Ireland’s national suckler cow herd will be carried out by the Irish Farmers’...

January 16, 2018

Has the decline in suckler calvings continued?

Has the decline in suckler calvings continued?

The recent decreasing trend in suckler-calf registrations has continued, according to the latest figures released by the ICBF. This is particularly...

November 23, 2017

Ailing suckler cow herd sees beef births drop to a six-year low

Ailing suckler cow herd sees beef births drop to a six-year low

The number of beef births registered on Irish farms this year has dropped to a six-year low, new figures show. Figures...

August 15, 2017

No profit to be made from production on the average suckler farm – Teagasc

No profit to be made from production on the average suckler farm – Teagasc

Increases in support payments led to higher suckler farm income figures in 2016, which otherwise would not have been the...

June 8, 2017

The 5 Ts to check on your bull before the breeding season

The 5 Ts to check on your bull before the breeding season

There are five key areas to check on your bull prior to the breeding season, according to Darryl Boyd from...

February 6, 2017