articles about sucklers
“I have built up a herd that I am proud of and meet the 4/5-star requirements for the BDGP.”
The Gibbons run a 25-cow suckler herd and sell all progeny as weanlings.
The main scan should take 5 weeks after the bull has been removed.
“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.
Half of his cows are three-quarter-bred Limousins, while the rest are pedigrees.
“The balance of power as it currently stands is entirely skewed against the ordinary farmer.”
"Irish farmers are not paid sufficiently for breeding quality cattle,” said Alan who exports 80% of his commercial weanlings.
Kevin and Jason Comiskey run a suckler and sheep enterprise.
“I started with just a tractor, a mower and a bale handler."
"Anyone that’s suckler farming, should stay at it if they can.”