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The hugely successful BETTER farm beef programme has entered its third phase. This time round there are 27 new participant farmers, with a huge range of systems and farm types in the mix. Our digital coverage has grown too, with a big focus on video, podcast and interactive forum offerings.
Ciarán Lenehan meets Clare BETTER beef farmer Sean Hayes, who has a penchant for breeding quality stock.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 20 June 2017
Grass growth on our BETTER beef farms was at 67kg DM/ha/day this week
By Ciarán Lenehan on 15 June 2017
Ciarán Lenehan paid a visit to Westmeath's Martin Downes, who's bouncing back after a difficult 2016.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 15 June 2017
Martin Downes keeps 90 suckler cows on the outskirts of Multyfarnham in Co Westmeath. He is the county’s new BETTER beef representative.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 13 June 2017
Our measuring farms in the south have grown 91kg DM/ha/day in the last seven days, up from 85kg DM/ha/day last week.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 08 June 2017
Nigel O’Kane keeps 21 suckler cows near Claregalway in Galway. At 25 hectares, Nigel’s farm isn’t the biggest in the programme, but at this point it’s one of the most impressive operations.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 08 June 2017
On 24 hectares near Lissarda in Cork, John McSweeney runs 20 suckler cows, taking the majority of progeny to finish. He also rears calves – with a whopping 96 animals bought in so far in 2017.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 07 June 2017
Meath's new BETTER beef farmer is one to watch, writes Ciarán Lenehan.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 01 June 2017
Ciarán Lenehan profiles the BETTER farm beef challenge participants who produced weanlings for sale in 2016.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 02 March 2017
In the penultimate week of farmer profiles, Ciarán Lenehan introduces the three new BETTER farmers who sold store cattle in 2016
By Ciarán Lenehan on 09 March 2017
It would almost be ironic to let grass get stemmy and for clean-outs to suffer as we all rush to make top-quality May silage, writes Ciarán Lenehan.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 01 June 2017
We introduce the three men who will work directly with the new BETTER farmers
By Ciarán Lenehan on 23 March 2017
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