Beef Update: Signing-up for the BEEP scheme, a C-Section and new sheds

Calving, winning Wicklow Calf Company’s milk replacer competition, turning out store heifers, selling stock at the mart and more!

Beef Update: A new stock bull, calving and preparing for a herd test

Letting cows in with calves for two-hours in the morning and evening, fattening 24-month-old heifers, replacing old water troughs, dosing stock and ordering fertiliser.

Poll: Should suckler farmers receive a payment if their heifer calves before 30-months?

ICSA is proposing a payment of €80/calved suckler herd provided that they calve before 30-months. “It reduces the amount of dry heifers walking around a farm that are unproductive"

Beef Update: Calving, selling suckler pairings and castrating bulls

We weaned the last of the calves we bought in; they are the last calves we will ever rear on the farm due to the high cost involved with buying and rearing them, writes Michael Danagher.

Farmer Focus: Coorevin Farm

Padraig Moran runs a 70-cow suckler herd and sheep enterprise in Co. Tipperary. He has also opened his farm to second and third-level Agricultural Science students.

“Beef farming was never a profit-making system”

Suckler cow numbers are declining rapidly and unless the sector is protected, Ireland will have no quality beef left in the country, writes Michael Danagher.

“There is nothing to stop us from processing our own beef”

Beef Plan Group has announced its intentions to establish its own co-operatives to slaughter and market its own beef.

"Let's put it up to these people who have been crushing us for years"

"A lot of the vested interests have been throwing the kitchen sink at us to try and stop us, but we beef farmers have the bit between our teeth now and will not be stopped"

Beef Update: Purchasing straw, selling bulls and calving

Dosing, introducing concentrates to the diet, exercising cows prior to calving, getting ready to spread dung and woodchip as a bedding material - check out Michael Danagher's update!

Beef Update: Grazing forage rape, dosing and out-wintering stock

Aaron purchased 130 straw bales for €3,250 meaning that his bill has doubled in two years. Michael purchased heifers and bulls ranging from 200-250kgs.

“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: Anger over beef price cuts and joining Beef Plan Group

The countdown to Christmas begins; housing stock; finishing diets; selling bullocks and store heifers; recording data using Herdwatch and weighing cattle.

Farmer Focus: Coolcran Simmentals

Coolcran Simmentals - owned by the McDonald family in Tempo, Co. Fermanagh - comprises of 15 breeding females. They are making waves in the sales ring and on the show circuit.

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 Update: Rain, housing stock & joining Beef Plan Group

A winning racehorse; sourcing woodchip for bedding; calving; feeding haylage; weaning and the mating season gets underway for the Delaney's flock.