Northern Ireland
Record kills putting cow trade under pressure
David Wright
With the total cow kill up 15% in 2022, it has had a negative impact on prices paid to farmers.
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
In pictures: Thrive heifer slaughter performance
Take a look at how the latest draft of heifers from the Thrive demonstration farm performed at slaughter.
10 November 2022 News
ICMSA warns of dairy sector’s ‘self-destruction’ on calf welfare
ICMSA president Pat McCormack says that from a reputational perspective, the dairy sector “can’t continue” to slaughter as many calves.
Calf slaughter to be banned from 2024
The slaughter of calves will be banned from 2024 in a new calf welfare charter being introduced by ICOS.
9 November 2022 News
One in four cattle slaughtered come from feedlots
Adam Woods takes a look at some data released by the Department of Agriculture this week showing the numbers of animals being slaughtered out of feedlots increasing.
2 November 2022 Markets
77 more lambs drafted for sale on Tullamore Farm
The lambs recorded positive slaughter performance with two batches of 34 and 43 head killing out at 45% to 46% and averaging an average sale value of €132.
15 October 2022 Tullamore Farm
Thrive weekly roundup: final grazing rotation and slaughter heifer performance
The dairy calf-to-beef programme roundup outlines how to keep calves performing over the coming weeks as the final grazing rotation begins, as well as detailed performance on slaughtered heifers.
1 October 2022 Management
Beef Trends: quotes steady despite factory talk
Adam Woods has the latest on this week’s beef trade, including the latest factory quotes for finished animals.
28 September 2022 Markets
Thrive weekly roundup: first heifers slaughtered and Ploughing demo
The weekly dairy-beef programme roundup looks at the slaughter performance of the first 12 heifers killed from the demo farm this year, as well as an outline of the cattle demo from the Ploughing.
24 September 2022 News
Thrive: 280kg carcase at 19 months for first 12 demo farm heifers
The first draft of the year is almost a month later than 2021 as heifers were housed for finishing early due to grass shortages. However, the average carcase weight is up by over 15kg.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
MartBids Database: plainer cattle a slightly harder sell
There has been a small shift in mart prices this week, with mart managers reporting plainer cattle that little bit harder to sell. Declan Marren reports.
14 September 2022 Markets
Newford Farm update: 10 more heifers drafted for slaughter
The heifers aged 17.5 months of age weighed 546kg on average and with a kill-out of 53% delivered a 290kg carcase.
11 September 2022 Newford Farm