BEEF SECTOR

More likely to successfully inseminate positive energy cows

In autumn-calving suckler herds, the breeding season has begun, or will begin soon. Just like in the dairy herd, cows need to be in ‘positive energy’ to increase the likelihood of a successful insemination.

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Small price increase at beef factories this week

“Every little helps” for beef finishers, who gained a small price increase at factories this week.

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€3m limit worth considering in Agricultural Relief changes

As reported on our front page last week, Minister Michael Noonan is to re-examine his proposed changes to Agricultural Relief, which is the main tax relief available on the transfer of agricultural property.

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ICOS warns of huge dairy cash flow crisis

With Ireland 7.15% over quota at the start of November, and no milk processor under quota, leaving very little flexi-milk, ICOS has warned that a certain superlevy bill of up to €100 million, and the cash-flow hit of falling prices, will put enormous strain on many farmers.

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Lots of boxes to tick in order to get through calving smoothly

The 2015 calving season is almost upon us.

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All change as herds head indoors

There is still a lot of grass on many farms, after the ideal growing conditions of the summer and autumn.

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Trade in top spec animals stays steady as marts flourish in face of foul weather

The return to inclement weather over the past week has had little or no detrimental affect on the mart trade.

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Protests dominate tough week for beef producers

Beef producers who vented their anger at beef prices through their protest outside all of the factories across the country on Monday and Tuesday are in ‘wait and see’ mode for the outcome.

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Silage mineral analysis may be the best money you will spend

Getting silage tested before formulating diets for the coming winter is an important way to increase production and control costs.

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Preparing to finish cattle this winter

A lot of farmers have been asking about options for finishing cattle this winter.

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