“Farmers have been robbed of the true value of their cattle”

"The amount of illegal trimming is an open-ended question; the loss could easily be any figure from €1-€300" - Beef Plan Group (2018-2025).

Beef Update: Green Cert exams, purchasing Fleckvieh heifers and grazing stock

Every Breath gears up to return to the track; selling heifers; moving cattle indoors and a new head gate and floodlights - read more here.

Beef Plan Movement (2018 – 2025)

Farm unions whose sole purpose was to keep the best interests of the farmer in mind, have failed us miserably and our government have let us down and penalised us beyond recovery, writes Emma McCormack.

1 bull makes 'E' grade at Tully

The average carcass weight for the 57 bulls slaughtered between 13-15-months of age was 352kgs.

Beef Update: Getting locked up with TB, housing cattle & hoof care

An update from the Biological Farming Conference in Tullamore; purchasing woodchip to save straw and preparing cattle for housing.

Beef Update: Creep-feeding; winter feeding period begins & grass growth slows down

Grazing animals outdoors; calving; analysing kill-out results; spreading lime; TB testing; reviewing animal health plans & more.

Beef Update: Spreading dung, closing up grazing paddocks and calving

Moving cows indoors for calving; housing Weanling Bulls; cleaning the yard for winter; slaughtering organic cattle and more!

"Trust between farmers and factories is at an all-time low" - McGuinness

In recent days, members of the new Beef Plan Movement met with Mairead McGuinness; established a Telegram group and received the full support of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society.

Beef Update: Budget 2019, purchasing Easycare sheep and silage

Spreading slurry; dosing; cutting hedges; attending the Organic Trust AGM and preparing for the winter - read this week’s update here.

Beef Update: Fencing, calving and preparing for housing

Gearing up for ploughing competitions; the tail-end of Silage 2018; finishing cattle and purchasing new stock.

Beef Update: Tackling reoccurring ragwort infestations

Galway-based Wagyu farmer Joe Desmond discusses NUIG’s €1.4m sustainable pesticide research programme and a problem with ragwort forced him to conduct his own research.

Beef Update: Dosing, Silage & Scanning!

Silage was made on Jamie’s home-farm; Joe focused on pre-calving care; with an aim to calve Wagyu heifers under 24-months and Libby has been busy with land sales & TB testing the herd.

Should there be an early slaughter premium?

At what stage does Irish ‘grass-fed’ lose its credentials? Are ‘grass-fed’ farming systems always all that they are claimed to be? – Read Stuart’s latest column here,