Animal Welfare on Beef Farms
Good animal welfare is an integral part of beef farming and Irish farmers operate to a very high standard. More information on how animal welfare on beef farms can be achieved is detailed in Chapter 47 of the Teagasc Beef Manual Managing-Welfare (.pdf, 317kb).
Weaning of suckler calves can be a stressful time on both cows and calves. Reducing this stress is important from both animal welfare perspective and to maintain performance. Chapter 46 Managing-Weaning (.pdf, 317kb) gives clear guidelines on best practices around weaning on suckler farms.