Beef farming

The latest beef and cattle farming news and beef prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the beef and cattle farming sector.

'No cut to national herd needed' – Teagasc director
Adam Woods reports from the Teagasc beef conference on Monday night where Teagasc director Frank O Mara outlined our national climate cange targets and how agriculture can meet them
Managing the creep pen over winter
When it comes to calf creeps, applying plenty of clean, dry straw goes a long way to keeping calves healthy.
Heifer quotes edge up
Adam Woods summarises this week’s beef trade across the country
Beef Trends: heifers edge up as numbers remain tight
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s beef trade, including the latest factory quotes for finished stock.
The Grass Week: the closing farm cover
John Crowe takes a look at the importance of doing a closing farm cover this week.
Thrive: higher cost winter diet on demo farm
Winter feed costs will be increased on most farms due to higher meal prices, however lower-quality silage in the yard means further feed cost rises on the Thrive Demo Farm this year.
Rockey rings the bell at €19,000 in Elphin
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Charolais Cattle society show and sale of bulls in Elphin.
€18,000 for eight-month-old heifer at Carrick Winter Fair
Adam Woods reports from the 2021 Carrick Winter fair held at the showgrounds in Carrick-on-Shannon over the weekend.
Watch: pruning hedgerows from the beginning is essential
In this short video Catherine Keena of Teagasc describes how cutting a hedge from a young age will help it develop into a dense, stock proof hedgerow with plenty of biodiversity benefits.
December start for breeding season
Stephen and Hazel Wallace run an autumn calving system on their Co Down farm.
Thrive weekly roundup: €5,000 higher feed bill and winter health webinar
This week's dairy-beef programme update looks at the cost of having poorer than normal silage quality and there is a chance to watch back this week's animal health webinar.
Mixed farming is a great step on the road to sustainability
This Laois farmer is making many small changes on his farm that are making a difference to all aspects of farm sustainability.
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Rearing 178 calves made simpler on Antrim farm
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Moving lepto and IBR vaccinations forward to the winter makes sense
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Efficiency gains from Volac computerised feeder
Limerick dairy farmers John and John Joe Creed are seeing the benefits of switching to a Volac Urban Alma Pro calf feeder, with savings already being made on labour.
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