Dairy calf-to-beef systems require a high level of grassland management in order to stand any chance of returning a positive margin.
This is only possible through having good grazing infrastructure in place in terms of paddock layout and farm roadways.
The Thrive demonstration farm is an ex-dairy farm, so is perfectly set up to maximise the amount of grazed grass in the diet of animals.
Thrive programme farmer Martin Keating from Westport, Co Mayo, has made many changes to his grazing system over the last few years.
Declan Marren visited him to discuss how this has affected his farming operation and what advice he would have for anyone looking to invest in grazing infrastructure.