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BETTER Farm Beef Challenge NI

The BETTER Farm beef challenge NI is a joint venture between the Irish Farmers Journal, ABP and CAFRE. The programme aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of suckler farms across Northern Ireland. The programme objective is to simply produce the highest gross margin possible on the 10 programme farms over the next three years, by focussing on improving the level of technical efficiency inside the farm gate.
The breeding season has started on the programme farms with plenty of early season activity.
By Kieran Mailey on 08 June 2017
Keeping on top of sward quality in June will boost cattle performance on farms participating in the BETTER farm NI programme.
By Kieran Mailey on 01 June 2017
NISBP farmer Derek Dunn outlines his winter herd health routine and his plans for switching from suckling to dairying.
By Kieran Mailey on 16 January 2014
The NISBP farmers have got up to date reseeding plans and now planning for autumn grazing. Cattle to be slaughtered by Christmas will be housed shortly for intensive feeding.
By Kieran Mailey on 04 September 2014
Grass supplies on the programme farms are estimated to be around 10 days ahead.
By Kieran Mailey on 07 November 2013
John has been weighing his cattle to assess the level of cow efficiency with the average cow weaning 41% of her liveweight.
By Kieran Mailey on 28 November 2013
High levels of perfromance at grass and in-doors has led to a number of the programe farms starting to slaughter spring born cattle.
By Kieran Mailey on 28 November 2013
Management of cattle on the NISBP farms varies depending on autumn or spring calving, or producing stores or finished cattle. We feature the winter management on four of the eight farms.
By Kieran Mailey on 02 January 2014
In the second part of our winter management update on the NISBP farms, we outline how some of the farms that are taking steps to stretch silage supplies.
By Kieran Mailey on 09 January 2014
The programme farms are collating the financial records to assess the profitability of their farms in 2013. Also, the breeding period for the autumn calving herds has now finished.
By Kieran Mailey on 16 January 2014
The NISBP programme farms have been using the quiet period before calving to make sure herd health is up to date with maiden heifers receiving BVD vaccines and in-calf cows receiving scour vaccines.
By Kieran Mailey on 23 January 2014
NISBP farmer Alan Cairns is preparing cows for calving. Cows have been slow to lose excess body condition, but are in condition score 3.0 ahead of the onset of calving.
By Kieran Mailey on 23 January 2014
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