Shorthorn breeders aiming for bigger share of suckler sales
The Irish Shorthorn Society have announced four breeder sales for October and November as the growth in popularity over recent years has been aided by the improved rating of the breed for suckler farming.
Traditionally the dominant breed on Irish farms up to the 1960s, the breed base became depleted during the following decades as competition from newly imported breeds became more the flavour of the sector.
The ICBF Database has given the Irish Shorthorn a Breed Average Replacement Index of €117 which has positioned the breed among the top three breeds in the country.
The society is now encouraging suckler farmers, when sourcing four and five star replacements to consider Beef Shorthorns for their superior fertility and milk, coupled with easily maintained cows and good overall temperament.
Farmers are also being encouraged use a four or five star Shorthorn bull to breed dams for the suckler herd.
The society say breeders will have an opportunity to purchase quality breeding stock at their forthcoming sales for Pedigree Registered Beef Shorthorns at Ennis Mart on October 3; Castlerea Mart on October 17; Blessington Mart on October 31 and the Premier Show and sale at Roscommon on November 14.