The future of Irish cattle herds came under the spotlight at a Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine meeting on Tuesday of this week.
Irish Charolais Cattle Society President Kevin Maguire; Secretary Nevan McKiernan and Treasurer Noel McGoldrick; Cashel Mart manager Alison De Vere Hunt; suckler farmer Christy Comerford, and pedigree cattle breeders Alan Wood met with Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Chairman Michael Doran, Chief Executive Sean Coughlan and Technical Director Dr. Andrew Cromie.
The ICBF presentation which can be found here revealed that the implementation of the scheme has resulted in significant improvement in key maternal traits; a steady improvement in carcass output from the suckler herd; a reversal in genetic trend for replacement index and provided confirmation that 5-star cows are more carbon efficient.
Irish Charolais Cattle Society (ICCS) President Kevin Maguire asked for a full “revamp of the ICBF board” and proposed the abolishment of the link between €uro-stars and payment. The Charolais Society delegates also highlighted that there is a strong belief amongst mart managers that cattle quality has deteriorated.
The full meeting can be viewed here.
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