Know How / Beef

Profitably transforming day-old calves into fat cattle requires mastering many skills ranging from fertility management to achieving the best daily liveweight gain.

Whether you run a suckler herd or rear or finish beef cattle, browse our beef articles to find out how to improve beef farm profitability and productivity.

Key areas of focus:

  • Optimising productivity of the suckler herd
  • Achieving good weight gains and performance
  • Improving herd health and welfare
  • Management of healthy youngstock
  • Selecting the best market for your produce

Latest Know How

BOVINE TB

4 farmers’ badger-proofing inventions help cut TB risk

Inventive farmers are mitigating the risk of bovine TB spreading from badgers to their dairy and beef cattle by devising their own obstacles to wildlife incursions. Some of the winners…

BEEF

3 beef systems and their earning potential compared

More farmers are considering beef production as the industry experiences a sustained period of buoyant returns. Buying in calves and selling them as stores is now the most common system…

LIVESTOCK

Calculating beef weaning efficiency and why it is important

Vets and consultants are urging suckler farmers to quantify how good their cows really are at rearing beef by looking at a calf’s 200-day weight as a percentage of cow…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

7 top tips on establishing herbal leys

Mixed crops, particularly herbal leys, create diversity in root systems that help soil structure, says Kate Still, farming programme delivery manager at the Soil Association. In turn, improved structure benefits…

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