Optimising suckler herd efficiency is key to a profitable suckler beef enterprise.

Beef technologist Dr Norman Weatherup, from Northern Ireland’s College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), was the guest speaker at a series of AHDB Beef & Lamb BRP events. He presented on key elements of suckler herd efficiency, namely improving herd fertility, bull selection using EBVs and breeding and management of replacements.

To view clips from Dr Weatherup’s presentation on YouTube, select from the links below:

Introduction

Measuring efficiency

Herd targets and health

Cow weight and size

Fertility and body condition

Breed selection

Compact calving

Replacement rates and selection

Heifer age at calving and management

Heifer development programmes in the USA

Bull selection

Using Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs)

Bull for producing replacement heifers

Bull for mating with heifers