Beef farming

The latest beef and cattle farming news and beef prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the beef and cattle farming sector.

Lower cow star ratings - are changing percentiles responsible?
Darren Carty
The recent focus on breeding index changes has uncovered movement in star ratings of suckler cows for many farmers, but these changes are not responsible in numerous cases.
Five tips to move store cattle into the finishing period
Moving cattle from a store phase to intensive finishing diet involves more than just increasing meal levels.
Beef Management: winter finishing sums and weanling health
In this week's Beef Management, Adam Woods takes a look at the sums around winter finishing and weanling health.
Festive female fun in Randalstown
Shanon Kinahan has all the details of the upcoming Jalex select festive female sale, which takes place on 30 December.
Global demand for beef imports to rise as EU output falls
The EU is facing a further decline to suckler numbers and a drop in the volumes of beef exported over the next decade, the EU agricultural outlook conference heard.
The Grass Week: time to complete closing cover
With it now being the beginning of December, the final grass cover should be completed for the year to assess grass supplies for spring.
Teagasc dairy beef trial sees 249kg carcase weight at 19 months
Adam Woods reports from the Teagasc national beef conference held in Ballinasloe this week.
Pressure mounts on ICBF to row back on index changes
Adam Woods has the latest on the ICBF index changes and farmer reaction.
ICBF Indexes: How could Dexters be higher than Charolais?
Adam Woods takes a look at the movements in breeds in the latest update to ICBF figures.
Plant diversity is key to soil health
Diverse planting practices have been at the core of our food production systems for thousands of years, writes Emma Hart.
Seeds of sustainability in west Cork
Madeline McKeever’s farming journey has been guided by a lifelong commitment to sustainability, and the diversity of her 30ac enterprise is testament to her efforts, writes Brendan Dunford.
‘Working smarter, not harder’: benefits beyond balance sheet in organic farming
Organic farming is more than just a scheme; it embodies a rich history and philosophy that is rooted in the belief of working with, not against, nature, writes Emma Hart.
Woodlands and wellbeing in Co Westmeath
Forestry is sometimes viewed as incompatible with farming but, for Ger Deegan, it has allowed him to ‘breathe again’ and to enjoy his farming more than ever, writes Brendan Dunford.
ACA organic online meetings open to all farmers 29 November & 6 December
Open online meetings will be held for farmers and their families to engage in meaningful discussions about the various procedures and best practices associated with organic farming enterprises.
GAIN Pre-Calver Gold success on Laois farm
Dairy farmers Richard and Ian Galbraith discuss the success of supplementing GAIN Pre-Calver Gold to their 110-cow herd in Co Laois.
Harnessing the Soil Microbiome for Sustainable Agriculture in the 'Human' Era
Science Week is a national celebration of science, with hundreds of in-person and hybrid events taking place nationwide. Running from 12-19 November
New quad bike regulations - are you ready?
Quad bikes are designed to cope with a wide variety of terrain types and so are a fantastic aid for farm work - by Ciaran Roche, FBD risk manager.
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