The new beef breed that brought profit back to this farmer
A change of breed has transformed lifestyle, performance and profit for suckler beef farmer Sean Hayden.
Sean (51) introduced a Stabiliser bull to his herd in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. The farmer from Urlingford, Thurles now has 30 pure Stabiliser cows and 57 commercial cows including cross Stabiliser cows.
Farming a total of 107 hectares, he also produces haylage as a separate enterprise.
Sean’s aim is to upgrade to a pure Stabiliser herd in the coming years. “Even if they didn’t make a penny more, they’re a lot quieter” said Sean who farms at home with his wife and children.
The Stabiliser farmer has reduced his calving interval to 363 days from the national average of 400. Their mortality is now 1.8pc compared to the national average of 4.8pc. All heifers are calved down between 22-24 months.
Today Sean has no trouble with calving and is compacting the calving season down to nine weeks. This has reduced vet bills and labour time dramatically on the farm.
Sean credits the Stabilisers to his net profit of €475/ha before single farm payment schemes are added.