A cow that doesn’t deliver a calf once a year is a financial burden in a suckler beef system so pregnancy scanning is increasingly being used on beef farms to remove uncertainty at calving time. Stevie Rolfe, who scans thousands of cattle every year, says while the cost of keeping a suckler cow is often seen as a reason for lack of profitability in the sector, it is the cost of keeping an unproductive cow that can inflict real financial […]