Project Title: Farm systems modelling of production technologies to increase output from suckler beef systems.
Overview: I graduated UCD with a B.Agr.Sc Animal & Crop Production and have a passion for the scientific and technical aspect of beef production systems. This project will explore strategies to increase output from suckler beef systems and reduce costs per kg of output per cow. Aoife will examine multiple suckling systems, twinning and/or once calved heifer systems to reduce cow maintenance costs. Developments in the dairy industry are anticipated to lead to an increase in the availability of high genetic merit crossbred beef calves for beef farmers to source suckler replacements.
Aoife’s study will adopt a whole farm systems modelling approach to explore the biotechnical and environmental impact of novel, higher output, suckler beef production systems. Furthermore, it is anticipated that new sub models will be required to enable the modelling of new production systems that heretofore have not been evaluated. These models will be modified to quantify herd productivity, whole farm economics and whole farm GHG emissions intensity impacts of multiple suckling, twinning and once-calved heifer systems.
Programme Area: Livestock Department
Supervisors: Dr Paul Crosson, Dr Mark McGee, Prof David Kenny, Dr Edward O’ Riordan and Dr Alan Kelly.
Location: Teagasc Grange Advisory Office, Dunsany, Co. Meath.
Funding Source: Teagasc