Suckler

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: 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

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 of the management breeding season may not...

March 5, 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

Having all the essentials ready for the calving season

Having all the essentials ready for the calving season

With the busy spring-calving period already started on some farms, it’s time to complete the final jobs and complete a...

January 28, 2021

Should I offer meal to my spring-born calves?

Should I offer meal to my spring-born calves?

As we move through 2020, most spring-calving suckler herds will be looking to sell this year’s calf crop at sales...

August 3, 2020

Dealing with flies in suckler herds

Dealing with flies in suckler herds

Suckler farmers should now be on the lookout for flies. At the best of times, flies can irritate suckler cows...

June 21, 2020

GB dairy producer numbers fall below 9,000

GB dairy producer numbers fall below 9,000

A recent survey by the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) of major milk buyers suggests there are currently around...

March 31, 2019

Call made for suckler subsidies to be scrapped

Call made for suckler subsidies to be scrapped

Official figures confirm that up to 80% of the income generated by suckler beef farmers in the UK is accounted...

March 30, 2019

Empty rates in cows fall threefold as farmers improve heat detection skills

Empty rates in cows fall threefold as farmers improve heat detection skills

The percentage of empty cows in a herd at the end of the year has fallen to between 6-7% in the...

January 11, 2017

‘Too many suckler calves are under fed and not reaching their growth potential’

‘Too many suckler calves are under fed and not reaching their growth potential’

The vast majority of suckler calves are not reaching their full growth potential, according to Harper Adams’ Beef Specialist Simon...

November 19, 2016

Dairy farmers aiming to increase cash flow with the use of beef AI sires

Dairy farmers aiming to increase cash flow with the use of beef AI sires

Dairy farmers are looking to increase cash flow in the spring time by getting the most value for their calves...

November 8, 2016

Beef calf births 2% higher this year

Beef calf births 2% higher this year

Over 649,000 beef calves have been born so far this year, according to latest figures from the ICBF. Beef calf...

June 15, 2015

‘Once a Charolais calf gets up, you know that nothing can beat it for growth rates and weight’

‘Once a Charolais calf gets up, you know that nothing can beat it for growth rates and weight’

The new Beef Data and Genomics Programme aims to dramatically improve maternal traits in the national herd over the next...

June 6, 2015

‘The cow charged me, knocked me unconscious and trampled me’

‘The cow charged me, knocked me unconscious and trampled me’

A Co. Meath farmer had a lucky escape when one of the cows on her farm charged her and trampled her...

May 21, 2015

How to control parasites at grass for beef suckler herds

How to control parasites at grass for beef suckler herds

One of the common reasons for lack of thrive in young beef cattle at grass is parasitic infection, according to...

May 4, 2015

How to assess the liver fluke risk on your farm

How to assess the liver fluke risk on your farm

Liver fluke can affect cattle of all ages, including cows, according to Animal Health Ireland (AHI). Fluke burdens can be monitored...

May 3, 2015

How to vaccinate spring-calving suckler herds

How to vaccinate spring-calving suckler herds

Vaccines can be a vital tool for controlling infectious diseases but it is important to remember that they are only one element...

May 1, 2015