articles about suckler-farming
‘Homebred heifers need to calf at 22-26 months otherwise, they become too expensive’ – Teagasc advisor
"The fact that these heifers are non-productive as 2-3-years-olds is the same as having a cow that does not have a calf." - Callaghan on delaying age at first calving to 36-months.
He takes all progeny to finish and is not organic but is transitioning away from inputs.
The Kellehers milk 50 dairy cows and operate a 33-month-old calving system.
“I have built up a herd that I am proud of and meet the 4/5-star requirements for the BDGP.”
“Last year, I supported a motion put forward by the incoming minister where he proposed that farmers deserve at least €200 for a suckler cow.”
"The use of creep gates for forward grazing or introducing meal by creep feeding will help to break the bond between cow and calf prior to weaning.”
The Gibbons run a 25-cow suckler herd and sell all progeny as weanlings.
Robert Stanley runs a 35-40-cow herd and aims to produce top-quality suckler-bred cattle.
The main scan should take 5 weeks after the bull has been removed.
20-year-old Mack Buckmier from North Dakota, has his own herd of Red Polls, Simmentals and SimAngus
“My vision for the farm is to produce top-quality grass-fed cattle” – 21-year-old pedigree Limousin breeder and student-teacher
50 cows calve from January to March, while a further 20 are autumn-calvers.