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Gerry Boyle: 'The dairy calf-to-beef system should be more profitable than standalone suckler system'

And dairy farms will continue to grow in size even if a slowdown in the rate of expansion is inevitable, Teagasc director Gerry Boyle tells Ann Fitzgerald

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Teagasc director Gerry Boyle

Teagasc director Gerry Boyle

Teagasc director Gerry Boyle

The current displacement of suckler cows by dairy cows has been described as a kind of 'back to the future' type of transition by Teagasc director Professor Gerry Boyle.

"The modern suckler herd was really substantially driven by the introduction of the dairy quota way back in 1984. Before that, far more calves we re sourced out of the dairy herd. Now that the shackles have been removed, this is expanding again, and more and more beef animals will be reared from the dairy population," Professor Boyle (pictured) told the Farming Independent.


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