October 6 2010 - Another fall in the beef price has shaken confidence in the future sustainability of beef enterprises, particularly for suckler herds
which help ensure that farms can be restocked, according to EBLEX.
A suckler herd
is where the calves stay with the cows.
POWYS farmer Richard Tudor has been vaccinating his cattle against BVD since 2000 after testing confirmed the disease in his suckler herd
The beef data and genomics programme will run from 2015 to 2020 and aims to address climate change issues while improving the genetic merit of the national suckler herd
Nick and his wife kept hardy Welsh mountain sheep and an equally tough suckler herd
of Gelbvieh and Welsh Black cows, as well as a small pedigree herd of British Toggenburg dairy goats.
THE search is on for the UK's top suckler herd
, an annual award organised by the Beef Shorthorn Society and supported by supermarket Morrisons with PS1,500 at stake.
Multiply that by the average Welsh suckler herd
of 25 cows and it could be costing farmers as much as pounds 6,650-a-year in lost production.
Farming leaders are playing down fears as investigations and testings continue following a confirmed outbreak of brucellosis in a beef suckler herd
The Halfords run a small suckler herd
of South Devons and 1,000 Swaledale and mule ewes.
There's also a spring calving beef suckler herd
of about 80, mostly Murray Grey and crosses, put to Stabiliser bulls.
The family farm has around 700 sheep and a small suckler herd
, which they keep on 150 acres of owned land at Dafadfa Isaf and rent approximately 100 acres.
The profitability of a suckler herd
is directly related to the number of calves reared per cow served annually, Mr Mallon explained.