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Can working with commercial rearers make calf-to-beef systems more profitable?

Teagasc’s EveryCalf Project is evaluating whether collaboration can increase the value of male progeny from the dairy herd

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Extra string to his bow: Suckler farmer Paul Sweeney with the dairy calves he is rearing on his farm near Milford, Co Donegal

Extra string to his bow: Suckler farmer Paul Sweeney with the dairy calves he is rearing on his farm near Milford, Co Donegal

Extra string to his bow: Suckler farmer Paul Sweeney with the dairy calves he is rearing on his farm near Milford, Co Donegal

The Teagasc EveryCalf Project is evaluating the potential for profitable dairy calf-to-beef systems in collaboration with commercial rearing farmers.

In the programme, 10 drystock farmers contract-rear 400 male progeny from Teagasc dairy farms, from three weeks of age to 14 months (mid-April of the subsequent year) or 330kg liveweight (LW).


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