Five tips to prepare stock bulls for breeding
Kieran Mailey
For suckler herds calving in early spring, breeding is one month away, so thoughts should be turning towards getting stock bulls prepared in good time.
26 March 2024 Management
Scanning autumn calving cows before turnout
If autumn-calving cows have yet to be scanned, it is a job worth carrying out before turnout.
Suckler systems at a crossroads
Adam Woods previews what’s inside this week’s Irish Farmers Journal suckler Focus.
In pictures: Suckler replacements hit £3,100 at Markethill
Limousin and Simmental bred in-calf heifers were a sharp trade during a special sale of suckler replacements at Markethill Mart.
31 January 2024 Northern Ireland
IFA calls for phasing out of stars ahead of ICBF stakeholder meeting
IFA president Francie Gorman said the ICBF stakeholder forum has to address the genuine concerns that suckler farmers and pedigree breeders have with the recently published indices.
31 January 2024 News
Drinagh takes dairy-beef to another level.
A west Cork co-op including myostatin as a topic for a meeting wasn't in the Dealer's bingo card for 2024. Were they looking to take dairy beef breeding to another level wonders the Dealer?
24 January 2024 Dealer
Almost half of SCEP farmers worried about meeting scheme targets
Adam Woods has the results of the latest Irish Farmers Journal suckler farmer survey on changes to the ICBF beef indexes.
3 January 2024 News
Big changes in animal identification
A new national genotyping programme, changes to suckler breeding indexes, an application for BVD-free status and transitioning to EID bovine tagging are all new topics in animal identification.
29 November 2023 News
Watching autumn calving cows for repeat heats
Where breeding got underway in early November for autumn calving cows, keep a close eye for signs of animals repeating over the coming week.
21 November 2023 Management
In pictures: In-calf heifers soar to £8,500 at Markethill Mart
A flying trade for in-calf heifers from Martin Tumilty saw prices soaring to high of £8,500 in Markethill Mart, Kieran Mailey reports.
1 November 2023 Northern Ireland
Heat detection in autumn-calving cows
Breeding will be getting under way in autumn-calving suckler herds and good heat detection should be part of the daily routine.
31 October 2023 Management
Jalex in-calf heifers sell to £9,500
A Limousin-cross Blue heifer was the standout entry at the latest sale of in-calf heifers from the Jalex herd, topping the trade at £9,500.
25 October 2023 Northern Ireland