R&D Farm

Responding to the post milk quota era: how a careful breeding programme benefits beef and dairy farmers.

Increased milk production since the ending of quotas led to huge growth in dairy herd numbers. The figure is set to grow by 30% to 1.6 million cows by 2020. This means a dramatic rise in the number of surplus calves from dairy farms.

At the ABP Research and Demonstration Farm, we work with Teagasc, Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority, and the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) to improve the outcome for farmers, by producing successful beef calves from dairy herds.

A major multi-year study yields better farm performance for dairy and beef.

In 2015, we began a major study in conjunction with the ICBF and Teagasc on our R&D farm in County Wexford. It is 280 acre typical beef farm owned and run by an experienced beef farming family who live on the farm.

The study looks at identifying more economic and sustainable beef bulls to produce superior beef calves from the dairy herd. This will help increase profitability for the dairy farmer through short gestation and easy calving, as well as minimising the number of low value dairy bred bullocks.  Beef farmers will enjoy a guaranteed supply of quality animals with better feed conversion, delivering a better product for the consumer and added economic benefits for the farm.

So far the project has involved over 1,000 calves from 45 beef sires and initial results have shown that genetics can play an important role in improving on farm profitability for both dairy and beef farmers. Improved breed characteristics will also result in rearing age reductions and better feed conversion.

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A 280-acre farm

The R&D farm is a typical beef farm, situated in Co. Wexford

Experienced beef farmers

The farm is run by an experienced beef farming family who live on the farm

1,000 calves

The project involves 1,000 calves from 45 beef sires

Better genetics

can improve on farm profitability for both dairy and beef farmers

  • A 280-acre farm

    The R&D farm is a typical beef farm, situated in Co. Wexford

  • Experienced beef farmers

    The farm is run by an experienced beef farming family who live on the farm

  • 1,000 calves

    The project involves 1,000 calves from 45 beef sires

  • Better genetics

    can improve on farm profitability for both dairy and beef farmers

OVERVIEW OF THE ABP TRIAL FARM

ABP Trial Farm Stats

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE ABP R&D FARM BROCHURE HERE ABP Trial Farm Brochure 2018

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