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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.
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
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
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