Suckler

Call for financial support to prevent suckler farmer exodus

Call for financial support to prevent suckler farmer exodus

More farmers will leave suckler production unless financial supports are put in place, according to the chair of the Roscommon...

January 4, 2022

Suckler cow numbers fall by over 40,000 in 12 months to June

Suckler cow numbers fall by over 40,000 in 12 months to June

The number of suckler cows in the country was over 40,000 lower in June 2021 compared to June 2020, according...

September 29, 2021

Cullinan calls for ‘absolute commitment’ on Carbon Tax money

Cullinan calls for ‘absolute commitment’ on Carbon Tax money

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Tim Cullinan has called for the government to give an “absolute commitment” that revenue generated...

September 22, 2021

MEP ‘rejects notion that suckler model should be abandoned’

MEP ‘rejects notion that suckler model should be abandoned’

An MEP has weighed in on the controversy over comments made on dairy beef by Teagasc director Gerry Boyle. Following...

September 22, 2021

Coupled payments argument: ‘We have to have balance in Irish agriculture’

Coupled payments argument: ‘We have to have balance in Irish agriculture’

Balance needs to be restored to Irish agriculture between the different sectors – with coupled payments for suckler cows and...

September 13, 2021

2021 beef calving reports: Assessing one’s herd performance

2021 beef calving reports: Assessing one’s herd performance

ICBF’s 2021 Beef Calving report is now available on Herdplus, ICBF has confirmed – providing farmers with data from the...

August 30, 2021

Beef Plan Movement calls for €300/head subsidy for suckler sector

Beef Plan Movement calls for €300/head subsidy for suckler sector

Beef Plan Movement (BPM) is looking for significant steps to be taken before livestock farmers are asked to commit to...

August 23, 2021

Suckler cap: Controversial proposal ‘clarified’ at town hall

Suckler cap: Controversial proposal ‘clarified’ at town hall

Those who have strong opinions on the proposed cap on expanding suckler cow numbers under the draft suckler efficiency scheme...

August 13, 2021

Penalty puzzle: Minister called on to ‘clarify intent’ of draft suckler scheme

Penalty puzzle: Minister called on to ‘clarify intent’ of draft suckler scheme

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has been called on by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to...

August 6, 2021

Suckler research to remain a Teagasc priority

Suckler research to remain a Teagasc priority

Teagasc is confirming that suckler research will remain at the very heart of its commitment to the Irish beef industry....

June 19, 2021

Using sexed semen to enhance the genetic merit of the suckler herd

Using sexed semen to enhance the genetic merit of the suckler herd

From a maternal aspect, where artificial insemination (AI) is being used on the farm, the opportunity to breed the desired...

May 10, 2021

Beef Focus: Limousin genetics come to the fore in this 90-cow suckler herd

Beef Focus: Limousin genetics come to the fore in this 90-cow suckler herd

In many of the commercial suckler herds in Ireland, there can be many breeds mixed through the cows when examining...

May 2, 2021

Beef Focus: Sticking with traditional suckler breeding in Co. Cavan

Beef Focus: Sticking with traditional suckler breeding in Co. Cavan

When you walk into the suckler housing belonging to Brian Brady from Co. Cavan, there are no signs of your...

March 14, 2021

Managing replacement heifers and reaching target weights at mating

Managing replacement heifers and reaching target weights at mating

The topic of the age that heifers should be calved at can cause a lengthy debate among some suckler farmers....

March 8, 2021

Getting suckler cows back in-calf after calving this spring

Getting suckler cows back in-calf after calving this spring

The calving season is well underway on some spring-calving suckler herds, so the management of the breeding season may not...

March 5, 2021

Feeding the suckler cow after calving

Feeding the suckler cow after calving

With spring calving either underway or shortly beginning in suckler herds, it’s time to consider what levels of feeding the...

February 15, 2021

Calving the suckler cow successfully

Calving the suckler cow successfully

Well known vet Tommy Heffernan has specified a two-hour period within the calving process when the farmer should observe a...

February 1, 2021

Sourcing replacement females this spring for a suckler herd

Sourcing replacement females this spring for a suckler herd

The breeding season on spring-calving herds is not too far away, at this stage farmers should be considering the number...

January 30, 2021