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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.
With breeding under way, priority management for autumn cows is crucial for high conception rates among BETTER farm NI participants.
By Kieran Mailey on 30 November 2017
Co Armagh programme farmer Mark Lewis is using herd performance records to focus on suckler cow efficiency.
By Kieran Mailey on 23 November 2017
Ryan McDowell has chosen a suckler cow that is delivering big gains for his Co Antrim suckler herd.
By Kieran Mailey on 16 November 2017
Co Antrim farmer Alastair McNeilly is using scanning dates and calf weaning weights to improve the output from his suckler herd. Francis Breen reports.
By Contributor on 09 November 2017
Francis Breen outlines the key points to operating a profitable autumn-calving suckler herd among BETTER farm NI participants.
By Contributor on 02 November 2017
Using silage analysis to formulate cattle diets, there are potential fodder savings to be made on BETTER farm NI participating farms, writes Francis Breen.
By Contributor on 26 October 2017
Regularly weighing cattle is the only way to accurately determine performance.
By Kieran Mailey on 19 October 2017
Co Down BETTER farm NI participant Paul Jamison is focusing on tightening the calving pattern in his suckler herd.
By Kieran Mailey on 12 October 2017
Cull cows are now being removed from spring calving herds on the programme farms.
By Kieran Mailey on 05 October 2017
With cows housed much earlier than planned, farmers participating in the BETTER Farm NI programme have opted to start weaning calves to ease feed requirement.
By Kieran Mailey on 28 September 2017
With cattle housed since August on several programme farms, there is added pressure put on management and farm resources.
By Kieran Mailey on 21 September 2017
Suckler farmer Niall O'Meara has moved to selling his weanlings directly to a large finishing unit, benefiting both him and the finisher.
By Kieran Mailey on 14 September 2017
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