‘We need to improve export markets for weanlings and not rely as much on Irish beef factories’

"Irish farmers are not paid sufficiently for breeding quality cattle,” said Alan who exports 80% of his commercial weanlings.

‘There is no doubt in my mind that there is a future for suckler farming in Ireland’

“My vision for the farm is to produce top-quality grass-fed cattle” – 21-year-old pedigree Limousin breeder and student-teacher

Live exports are 'the way forward' for cattle and sheep industry - farmer

Kevin and Jason Comiskey run a suckler and sheep enterprise.

24-month-old calving a success for young suckler farmer

"Anyone that’s suckler farming, should stay at it if they can.”

‘Average cost of keeping a cow with a calf up to weaning is €746’

Quality weanlings are €100-€150 back on last year and the gap is even wider for plainer types.

VIDEO: In-calf heifers for sale

Charolais-cross heifers in-calve to AI Limousin sire, ZAG

Young Farmer: Leighanne Kelly

The 22-year-old wants a full-time career in agriculture

Young Farmer: Seamus Carr

"It pumps the blood in my veins"