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DairyBeef 500 Farm Walks

The DairyBeef 500 team are running a series of farm walks across the country.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • DairyBeef 500 - Farm system/farm financials
  • Calf management/Calf feeding
  • Spring grassland management and Signpost Programme
  • Planning for silage and weed control

See dates and venues below

Tuesday, 27th February | 12pm | Cork 

Farm of James O'Sullivan, Myross, Union Hall, Co. Cork. Eircode: P81 CK00.

View booklet from the farm walk Farm Walk Booklet James O'Sullivan, Cork and Gareth Peoples, Donegal 2024 (pdf)

Tuesday, 5th March | 2pm | Donegal

Farm of Gareth Peoples, Tullyannan Glebe, Co. Donegal. Eircode: F93 HK20.

Previous Events

DairyBeef 500 On line LIVE Webinars

The DairyBeef 500 team organised two webinars which took place on Tuesday, 16th January and Tuesday, 30th January. The first webinar focused on Preparation for Calf Rearing in 2024, while the second webinar focused on Sourcing and Feeding Dairy Beef Calves in 2024.

Preparation for Calf Rearing in 2024 

Tuesday, 16th January  |  8pm

In preparation of calves arriving on farm in the coming weeks, the focus of this webinar was on health and housing.

Martin Kavanagh, Munster Bovine gave useful advice and tips on the requirements of a good calf shed and how to maximise performance.

Sarah Higgins, MSD Animal Health looked at keeping the calf healthy during the rearing period and gave guidance on vaccination protocols for different disease risks.

Peter O’Hanrahan, one of the DairyBeef500 programme farmers from Co. Kilkenny outlined his farming system and described his calf rearing facilities and how he manages to keep his calves healthy through the rearing phase. 

Watch webinar recording below

Topics and speakers included:

  • Preparing the calf housing for rearing
    Martin Kavanagh, MVB Cert DHH, Business Development Manager, Munster Bovine
    Areas covered included: Pen size; Floor/ canopy/ draught protection; Ventilation etc.
  • Keeping the calf health during the rearing phase
    Sarah Higgins MVB MRCVS CertAVP, Ruminant & Equine Veterinary Manager, MSD Animal Health
    Area covered included: Vaccination protocol; Treating a scouring calf

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Alan Dillon, DairyBeef 500 Programme Manager, Teagasc.

Panellists included: 

  • Martin Kavanagh, Business Development Manager, Munster Bovine
  • Sarah Higgins, Ruminant & Equine Veterinary Manager, MSD Animal Health
  • Peter O’Hanrahan, DairyBeef 500 Programme Farmer

Sourcing and Feeding Dairy Beef Calves in 2024

Tuesday, 30th January  |  8pm

With many calves arriving on dairy farms in the coming weeks, many of these calves will be moved and reared on specialist dairy calf to beef rearing farms. This webinar focused on sourcing and feeding of these dairy bred calves this spring.

Tommy Cox, Teagasc DairyBeef 500 programme advisor, looked at the whole area of sourcing calves and what farmers require in a good calf at purchase. He also gave an insight into the new Commercial Beef Value tool that is now available to select calves based on their genetic potential.

Eric Driver, Tullow mart manager, spoke to Fergal Maguire, Teagasc DairyBeef 500 programme advisor about how the new Commercial Beef Value would work at mart level and gave his opinions on how this would play out in the calf market.

Liam Gannon, Volac gave an overview of what specifications are required in a good milk replacer and he also outlined the advantages and disadvantages of teat and automatic milk feeders.

Charlie Smyth, DairyBeef 500 programme participant from Co. Cavan outlined his farming system and described how he selects calves to purchase and how he feeds them through the rearing phase.

Watch webinar recording below

Topics and speakers included:

  • Sourcing dairy beef calves in 2024
    Tommy Cox, DairyBeef 500 Programme Advisor, Teagasc
    Areas to be covered include: Different avenues to source calves - Farm to farm/Marts/Agents; What to look for in a calf - Weight for age / Commercial Beef Value (CBV) / health indicators
  • Feeding the dairy beef calf
    Liam Gannon, Volac
    Areas to be covered include: Specifications of a good milk replacer; Straw/Concentrate /Water; Teat feeder versus automatic

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Fergal Maguire, DairyBeef 500 Programme Advisor, Teagasc.

Panellists included: 

  • Tommy Cox, DairyBeef 500 Programme Advisor, Teagasc
  • Liam Gannon, Volac
  • Charlie Smyth, DairyBeef 500 Programme Farmer

Winter Herd Management Online Event

Thursday, 26th October  |  8pm  |  Online

A DairyBeef 500 'Winter Herd Management' online event took place on Thursday, 26th October, in association with AgriLand. The webinar was chaired by Briefne O’Brien, Technical Beef Specialist, AgriLand and featured Alan Dillon, Teagasc DairyBeef 500 Programme Manager; Cara Sheridan, MSD Animal Health Ireland Technical Vet; and Aidan Maguire, DairyBeef 500 programme farmer.

Alan Dillon presented on feeding and non-feed factors at housing, covering topics such as feeding levels for different quality silages and non feed factors.

Cara Sheridan presented on health at housing, covering topics such as vaccinations and parasite control pre and post housing.

A panel discussion took place at the end of the webinars, which featured Alan Dillon, Cara Sheridan and Aidan Maguire.

Watch webinar recording below