Clare Co-operative Marts is continuing its €35,000 breeding programme aimed at maintaining and enhancing the supply of top-quality cattle through support for suckler farmers in the form of bull premiums and the use of AI straws.
The co-op is working in partnership with Dovea A.I. and Munster A.I. to promote the use of top-quality 5-star terminal sires, within the suckler herd.
“Clare Co-operative Marts is renowned for quality stock and we believe that a scheme for the use of 5-star terminal sires will help maintain a vibrant suckler herd in the county and beyond.” Martin McNamara – Manager said.
“It has become obvious to Clare Marts that the demand for quality stock is on the increase due to the expansion of the dairy herd and many feeders in these areas are finding it difficult to source quality weanlings and stores.” He added.
Clare Co-operative Marts believe that the suckler herd in their catchment area has a very good future provided the focus is on the production of quality stock.
They are of the opinion that the scheme is complementary to the Beef Data and Genomics Programme in that the use of 5-star terminal sires qualify in all respects for the scheme.
“This, together with the improvements that have been achieved through the scheme already, will only enhance the quality of stock on offer and increase the customer base and market for quality stock,” Martin added.
The scheme envisages providing a subsidy for the purchase of 5-star terminal beef breed bulls together with providing subsidies towards the use of 5-star terminal beef breed AI Straws from the companies previously mentioned.
McNamara said that they believe that this scheme will be very beneficial to our supplier base with the potential to receive assistance in their breeding policy and more importantly in the production of quality stock which we believe there will be a strong market for.
Terms and conditions apply – contact the Mart office for details - 065 6824411.
Dates of Clare Marts Pedigree Registered Bull Sales in Ennis Mart for 2019:
- Monday 11th March;
- 8th April;
- 13th May.