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'There is money in beef if you keep the costs down'

Barry Stratford was part of the winning team that turned a €600-per-head profit in the Angus beef finishing project for secondary schools, reports Martin Ryan

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Barry Stratford among the dairy herd on his family's farm in Co Cavan

Barry Stratford among the dairy herd on his family's farm in Co Cavan

Barry Stratford among the dairy herd on his family's farm in Co Cavan

The key to profitable beef production using Angus cross offspring from the dairy herd lies in effective cost control and bonus payments, according to young farmer Barry Stratford.

The Leaving Cert student, who is planning to study agricultural science before returning to the family dairy farm near Cavan town, says: "There is money in beef if the costs are kept low and you qualify for the bonus payments."

While the profits could not match the return from milk, he believes that beef can have a place on dairy farms as a second enterprise.