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From ‘production at any cost’ to ‘production at least cost’

Richard Brown milks 190 cows on a 33-hectare grazing block.

‘I am thankful that I can farm alongside my dad’

Mena McCloskey studies a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies at Queen’s University Belfast/College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise and runs a suckler and sheep enterprise with her father.

3 robots and 4 cuts of silage on 160-cow farm

Gordon Campbell and his father Wilson made the change from the parlour method of milking their 160-strong herd to using robots.

A student who did not grow up on a farm chasing a veterinary dream

Sean Moloney is a BSc (Hons) Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness degree programme in the Institute of Technology Carlow, Wexford campus.

‘There is no point in feeding an empty cow all winter to discover she is not in-calf in the spring’

Mary Ann Alexander, an agri-environment adviser at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), writes about preparing your yard and housing for the winter.

‘I have a borderline obsession with cattle’

UCD animal and crop production student, Eilish Gill, has been passionate about breeding cattle from a tender age. She purchased her first pedigree Simmental heifer...

‘Restrict feeding a fatter cow leading up to calving will have little impact on calf size’

Noel McNeill, beef and sheep adviser at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) provides management tips for autumn-calving suckler herds.

Swapping an autumn-calving suckler herd for a dairy-calf-to-beef enterprise

Ivan McMullan's farm currently supports 40 spring-calving suckler cows with calves finished as beef and a flock of 250 ewes.”

How this farm is tightening its calving season through fertility management

Stephen Gilkinson from CAFRE discusses how they tightened the calving pattern in the CAFRE dairy herd.

Balancing work and farming life

26-year-old Cathal Cassidy runs a 200-strong beef herd and 400-ewe flock with his father, Edward, while also working as a ruminant nutritionist with Alltech. The...

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