Following the fodder crisis of 2013 and the low prices of 2014, now is a good time to look at how the banking sector sees the beef industry and where it is heading. As part of our suckler series, we sat down with the head of agriculture at Bank of Ireland Sean Farrell, Ulster Bank senior agricultural manager Ailish Byrne, and Allied Irish Bank agricultural adviser Eamonn O’Reilly to get their views.

One of the key questions we asked was whether dairy farmers were looked upon more favourably when applying for loans. All three said this is not the case.