“There are many challenges facing the beef sector. Low beef prices are eroding confidence in the sector with many of our clients continually questioning the future of suckler cows on their farm.” These were the comments from Aidan Murray, Teagasc beef specialist, speaking to the attendees on Thursday morning.

The Donegal man presented figures from the 2018 Teagasc profit monitor analysis. He first took a look at suckler-to-beef farms where 203 farms completed a profit monitor in 2018.