BBreeding and genetics are the backbone of the industry supported THRIVE programme and there was a lot of discussion on all the stands at the open day this week in Cashel on various aspects of dairy beef production systems.

The dairy herd has been growing at the rate of about 12%/year over the last number of years while the suckler herd has been declining by about 6%/year. Beef registrations from dairy cows have been relatively stable but that is all about to change in 2023.