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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.
Spring calving is getting off to a good start on the programme farms. Kieran Mailey reports.
By Kieran Mailey on 01 March 2018
Benchmarking analysis on the BETTER farms shows progress is being made with higher gross margins. But there is huge potential for more, writes Francis Breen.
By Contributor on 22 February 2018
Herd output is being increased by finishing cattle as young bulls and selling heifers as breeding replacements. Francis Breen writes.
By Contributor on 15 February 2018
Gross margins in the BETTER Farm NI programme have seen significant increases during 2017, writes programme adviser Francis Breen.
By Contributor on 08 February 2018
Soil sampling is being carried out on the BETTER farm NI programme farms to establish soil fertility levels.
By Kieran Mailey on 01 February 2018
Finishing cattle are being marketed once weight gains are no longer covering daily feeding costs.
By Kieran Mailey on 25 January 2018
With spring calving just weeks away, attention is turning to pre-calving management.
By Kieran Mailey on 18 January 2018
Taking early action to address reduced silage stocks has avoided a possible fodder shortage on the programme farms.
By Kieran Mailey on 11 January 2018
Weaning percentage is a useful tool to assess cow performance on farm. The information can also be used to select which cows to cull.
By Kieran Mailey on 28 December 2017
Paul Jamison is looking at using a different breed of herd sire next year to help improve milking production.
By Kieran Mailey on 27 December 2017
Managing finishing cattle and being on red alert for pneumonia in weanlings have been key priorities on the BETTER Farm NI programme farms this week.
By Kieran Mailey on 14 December 2017
Good-quality silage is making big savings in Co Tyrone for BETTER farm NI programme farmers Declan Rafferty and Aidan Quinn.
By Kieran Mailey on 07 December 2017
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