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21 July 2020

Early Lamb Systems

Early Lamb Systems

This week’s OviCast discusses the pros, cons and alternatives to early lambing systems. Ciaran Lynch is joined by Shane Moore, who is farming in Co. Roscommon and Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc. Michael outlines the key dates and requirements for early lambing systems for 2021 while Shane explains he has run an early lamb system for many years. He discusses why it initially suited his system and why he has moved away from it in recent years as sheep numbers increased on his farm.

18 July 2020

Forestry and climate change mitigation: The role of Sitka spruce and how its continued improvement will play a key role in climate change mitigation

Forestry and climate change mitigation: The role of Sitka spruce and how its continued improvement will play a key role in climate change mitigation

Sitka spruce is the predominant species used in Irish forests. The species is extremely well adapted to growing in Irish conditions, it loves the rain. Over 300,000 hectares of Sitka spruce is planted in Ireland all this biomass growing vigorously represents a significant carbon store. Researcher Niall Farrelly and Walsh Scholar Ronan Cashell have more information.

15 July 2020

Soil Health is our Wealth

Soil Health is our Wealth

Our soils are precious resources and underpin sustainable food production and many other important ecosystem services for society. Our soild support the production of food, feed and fibre. There are many other functions supported by soil including, the re-cycling of nutrients, sequestration of carbon & regulation of our climate, purification and storage of water. Soils are also an important habitat for biodiversity. Researchers David Wall and Giulia Bondi have more information on soil.

14 July 2020

Decisions around ending the breeding season

Decisions around ending the breeding season

The primary reason for shortening the breeding season is to tighten up the following calving season. This is to increase profitability and simplify work load during the coming year. Herds with a very spread out calving pattern generally can’t afford not to milk over the coming winter. Such patterns are higher cost and lower profit systems of milk production. Dairy specialists George Ramsbottom and Joe Patton in a series of videos have information on the economics and advice on the steps to take to correct the calving pattern.

10 July 2020

Nutritional composition and human health implications of grass-fed beef

Nutritional composition and human health implications of grass-fed beef

Ireland’s climate has encouraged the development of “grass-fed” as a point of difference for Irish beef in high-value markets in Europe and beyond. A study at Teagasc Grange asked: what is the comparative nutritional composition of Irish beef which is long term grass-fed, grass/silage plus concentrate-fed or concentrate-fed, and what are the implications of the different sources of beef for the health of the beef consumer? Project lead Aidan Moloney tells us more.

10 July 2020

The impact of housing characteristics (space allowance, floor type) on welfare and performance of beef cattle

The impact of housing characteristics (space allowance, floor type) on welfare and performance of beef cattle

The critical issues pertaining to welfare of housed beef cattle identified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission include, space allowance and flooring. Find out more about research being carried out in order to examine the impact of floor type on the welfare and performance of beef cattle, and to quantify the financial implications of alternative options.

03 July 2020

Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday

Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday

On the final day of our Virtual Beef Week Pearse Kelly and Paul Crosson will discuss the economics of various beef systems on the 12 midday Beef Talk. They are joined by Kevin Hanrahan who will look at Future Beef Policy. Then addressing 'The Grand Challenges' will be the theme for Live@Grange - 7pm. Frank O'Mara will introduce the session. Thia Hennessy will moderate - speakers are Mairead McGuinness, Gerry Boyle, Tim Cullinan and Barry Cowen TD

02 July 2020

Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday

Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday

Grass Management for Sustainable Beef Production is the theme for the Thursday of Virtual Beef Week. On Beef Talk at 12 noon Researcher Mark McGee, farmer John Watchorn and specialist Catherine Egan will discuss 'Building resilience within your grass based system'. Live@Grange at 7pm farmer Sean Roddy, will discuss 'How my farm grows more grass'? He will be joined by his Teagasc advisor Christy Watson and researcher Edward O’Riordan. Aidan Murray will facilitate.