Profit the focus at Kilkenny beef meeting

Profitable beef production will be very much the fore at an upcoming beef meeting which is taking place next Tuesday, March 26 at 7.30pm in Cillin Hill Mart, Kilkenny.

Profitable beef production will be very much the fore at an upcoming beef meeting which is taking place next Tuesday, March 26 at 7.30pm in Cillin Hill Mart, Kilkenny.

The meeting which are being hosted by the Irish Angus Cattle Society boasts a very impressive line up of speakers such as Darren Carty of The Irish Farmers Journal; Dr Padraig French, Teagasc and Charles Smith of the Irish Angus Producers Group. Current Irish Angus President and Kilkenny man Joe Moran explained that the focus of the meeting is to look at ways in which beef farmers can maximise output while at the same time reduce costs.

“Information from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation tells us that the number of calves calved per suckler cow each year is on the decrease, this is very disappointing as this has a major negative effect on farm output and therefore profitability,” Joe said.

“Maximising output or the numbers of live calves calved per cow each year is critical in order to take advantage of the current high beef prices that we are currently experiencing,” according to Joe.

“Recent years have seen an explosion in farm costs, controlling these costs will help contribute to improved bottom line profit. The meeting has the top experts lined up to discuss how we can solve this puzzle of increasing output while at the same time reducing production costs.

“For the past number of years many farmers in this region have availed of the Irish Angus Producer Group bonus’s through ABP Waterford and in recent times increased demand for Irish Angus beef has resulted in an increase in the bonus for cattle slaughtered through the Producer Group. The top bonus available for Irish Angus cattle is 40cent/kg which equates to a potential extra €165 per animal, and in times where margins are very tight this can be the difference between profit and loss,” Joe said.

“We have seen increased interest in people looking to join the Irish Angus Producer Group and one of the reasons is because of the additional bonus available, if farmers would like to avail of the bonus on offer through the Irish Angus Producer Group please do not hesitate to contact them,” he added.

The meeting will be chaired by Darren Carty of the Irish Farmers Journal, Darren will also facilitate the live cattle demonstration which will explore breeding options available to farmers to maximise performance and fertility. Dr Padraig French from Teagasc will look at profitability from dairy to beef systems and will outline some of the findings from research currently ongoing in Johnstown Castle.

Finally Charles Smith from the Irish Angus Producer Group will outline the bonus scheme available on Angus cross cattle for the coming months. This meeting is very timely with the recent rise in beef price, if you are a beef producer looking to maximise profit through increased output and reduced costs this is a must attend meeting. Should you require any further information about the meeting please call Patsy on 071-9620253.