Suckler herd numbers declining
Pat O'Toole
Latest ICBF data shows that the continual decline in calf births from the suckler herd shows no sign of slowing down.
19 June 2024 News
Dairy calf scheme grossly underfunded
The scheme set out to pay dairy farmers €20 per calf up to a maximum of 50 calves but if no additional funding is secured, the maximum payment could be €9/calf.
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Cold and wet conditions raise pneumonia and tetany risks
Suckler cows in milk and young calves will be at increased risk of grass tetany and pneumonia as cold, wet weather persists.
11 June 2024 Management
Watch: heifers reach £18,000 (€21,274) at JALEX Select 2024
Shanon Kinahan reports from the JALEX Select sale where heifers peaked at a whopping £18,000 on Saturday.
10 June 2024 Pedigree
Watch: inside a 6,500-head dairy-beef calf-rearing farm in Somerset
Adam Woods visited Long Lane farm this week, which rears 6,500 calves annually for the Buitelaar group.
Looking after the health of dairy calves
Aidan Brennan has some key management advice for looking after dairy bred calves this summer.
5 June 2024 Animal Health
Calf prices: supply and demand sweet spot continues
Calf prices have held their own this spring, as numbers continue to dwindle.
5 June 2024 Markets
Hereford bull calves average €197/head this spring
Hereford-sired calves along with Angus and Friesians provided 85% of the calves on offer at marts throughout the country this spring. Of those, Hereford-cross bull calves had the highest price.
5 June 2024 News
Sharp decline in NI calf registrations in 2024
Fewer calf births have been registered on cattle farms from January to May 2024.
5 June 2024 Northern Ireland
Fast forwarding genetic gain in Ohio
Aidan Brennan reports from the Sexing Technologies heifer farm in the United States where IVF is used to ramp up genetic gain.
Dairy management: wet weather continues to have an impact
Very heavy rain over many parts of the country is making grazing conditions difficult, as soil is saturated in many locations.
29 May 2024 Management