SCEP issues remain big sticking point in ICBF index row
Adam Woods
Adam Woods reports from last Tuesday’s ICBF stakeholders meeting where SCEP issues and cow weights were discussed.
21 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: sounds and smells of calving return
The smells and sounds of calving have made a return to Tommy Moyles' farm at Ardfield, Clonakilty, Cork. Most of his suckler herd will calve over the next few weeks.
21 February 2024 News
The end of the road for small-scale suckling
John Moran believes older farmers are being forced out of sucklers by the complexity of support schemes.
Dairy cow kill increases by 81,598 head since 2019
The increase in dairy cull cow throughput is not surprising given growth in the national dairy herd in recent years and pressure on margins in 2023.
9 February 2024 News
Pedigree breeders participation in ICBF stakeholder forum in doubt
Adam Woods sits down to chat with Sean Sherman, chair of the pedigree breeder’s council and also board member of ICBF.
24 January 2024 Breeding & health
The ups and downs of building a suckler herd in US 'corn country'
Matt Rice runs 40 cow-calf pairs on his 2,100ac farm in Illinois, rotating them between paddocks across the holding. Claire Mc Cormack reports.
17 January 2024 News
On the changes to ICBF replacement index
"I believe ICBF has let down suckler farmers by focusing on emission reduction goals rather than high performance genetics that increase farmers output and profits." – Ned Greene, Co Laois
3 January 2024 Letters
ICBF replacement index changes lowering star ratings
"It is very hard the play the long breeding game when the goalposts keep moving." - Ken Graham, Mountrath, Co Laois
3 January 2024 Letters
Cattle herd down over 80,000 head
Reduction is being driven by higher live exports in 2023 and fewer dairy males on farms, while the decline in the sucker herds continues with 42,090 fewer beef cows on farms compared to 1 November.
27 December 2023 News
Over 10,500 farmers complete IBR testing
The mandatory measure in the National Beef Welfare Scheme was completed by over two thirds of participants and should provide a good dataset to get an insight on IBR prevalence in sucker herds.
27 December 2023 News
Suckler cow numbers hit 35-year low in NI
There are over 100,000 fewer suckler cows in NI, than the peak from the late 1990s.
20 December 2023 Northern Ireland
Aubracs ticking the box for high altitude French suckler farming
Martin Merrick visited the Rochette father-son duo as part of the Sommet De L’Elevage international visitors farm trips, where Montbeliarde dairy cows have been replaced by an Aubrac suckler herd.
6 December 2023 Pedigree