Farm Innovation Visits Application Form -Future Functional Suckler Cow

Closed 1 Aug 2022

Opened 26 Jul 2022


This Farm Innovation Visit is offering suckler farmers the opportunity to learn about work that has been completed on a large scale on Scottish suckler farms with regard to reducing age at first calving, herd calving interval and reducing the age at slaughter to drive economic and environmental performance.


The trip will look at what the ‘Future functional suckler cow’ might be and will aim to provide support to suckler farmers in the lead up to the transitional period that has been proposed for the future agricultural policy for N.I.  Participants will be able to see large scale reduction in cow size to increase efficiency levels, use of pelvic measurements to aid selection of replacement heifers and targeted use of maternal EBV’s.


The tour will include 4 visits to large suckler cow units across the 3 day trip.  Travel will be via coach and boat.


  • Pre-Visit Training Event

    From 5 Sep 2022 at 19:30 to 5 Sep 2022 at 22:30

    If you accept this offer, you will be expected to participate in a pre-visit training event delivered by CAFRE staff on Monday 5th September at the Lodge Hotel Coleraine BT52 1NF


  • All stakeholders


  • Inspection