BEEF SECTOR

Forage quality still causing problems on many farms

As with every year 2015 will bring its own challenges.

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Macroom Mart Manager John O'Mahony

Reopening of US beef trade helps create market buoyancy, but old concerns persist

We are certainly going through some hardy mornings at the moment. Mornings where a shot of ‘easy start’ wouldn’t go astray.

We are certainly going through some hardy mornings at the moment. Mornings where a shot of ‘easy start’ wouldn’t go astray.

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Cattle supply strengthens as prices edge up at marts

Beef prices have continued to edge upwards at the factories this week while the supply remains strong at over 31,000 head for last week.

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Brazilian Cattle

Dangerous residues in beef from Brazil

Irish authorities have discovered potentially dangerous residues of veterinary medicine in frozen minced beef and tinned corned beef from Brazil.

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Cattle prices inch ahead in strong beef market

There has been further slight hardening in beef prices at factories this week, with improved quotes for both steers and heifers across the country.

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Watch for retained foetal membranes

As we move into mid-January, activity increases on most farms, with the slurry season and fertiliser commencing.

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Step carefully and get advice if a tenant has failed to pay rent

First in our new weekly legal advice articles by solicitor Karen Walsh

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Each new year brings new challenges for the beef producer

Undoubtedly, it has been an extremely difficult year for Irish beef producers.

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Finalise the feed plan

All but a few animals to be housed this winter are now indoors. Farmers need to finalise their feed plan between now and turnout.

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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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