Teagasc’s head of livestock systems has said beef produced from the dairy herd is more environmentally and economically efficient than beef from the suckler herd.

Speaking at an IFA calf welfare seminar in Claremorris, Co Mayo, last week, Padraig French said the beef industry is depressed at the moment, adding: “I think we have probably added to the confusion around the value of these dairy calves in how we have communicated the message about the value of dairy calves.