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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.
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
September is an ideal time for scanning spring-calving cows, providing more options for cull cows.
By Kieran Mailey on 07 September 2017
Freshly calved autumn cows should get priority grazing on good-quality swards, as they have an increasing energy demand, writes Kieran Mailey.
By Kieran Mailey on 31 August 2017
Steps are now being taken to prepare spring-born calves for weaning, starting with animal health, writes Francis Breen.
By Contributor on 24 August 2017
Removing the stock bull is the best way to tighten the calving pattern next spring on BETTER farm NI participating farms.
By Kieran Mailey on 10 August 2017
Grass growth has been good, but the focus is now on building grass for autumn grazing for BETTER Farm NI participants.
By Kieran Mailey on 03 August 2017
Completing a fodder budget now will give you more options for winter feeding.
By Kieran Mailey on 27 July 2017
Second cut silage is now getting under way in the BETTER farms, with sward quality excellent.
By Kieran Mailey on 20 July 2017
Weighing cattle at the mid point in the grazing season is a good time to monitor cattle performance on farms participating in the BETTER farm NI programme.
By Kieran Mailey on 13 July 2017
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