Information for drystock farmers dealing with current very dry weather
PastureBase Ireland shows that everywhere is growing some grass. It is vital to act now to ensure that grass supply is managed as early as possible.
Newford Farm Round Bale Silage Update
Iarlaith Collins, farm manager & Michael Fagan, technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry give a brief update on one of the out farms regarding first cut round bale silage.
An update from Kildalton College on the breeding season to date
John O’Connor, Kildalton College Beef farm manager, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to give an update on the breeding season to date.
Second cut silage – What are the options for beef farmers?
Rain did fall in many parts of the country last week yet soil moisture deficits have not improved for most parts of the country
Do we need to call on the lessons learned in the summer of 2018?
There is rain expected in the west and northwest over the next few days. This will help alleviate the current Soil Moisture Deficit somewhat. The east coast is expected to see very little rain.
Why are sugar and nitrate levels in your silage important?
To ensure good silage fermentation the target sugar content is 3% or higher and this is measured in Teagasc offices using a refractometer. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist tells us more.
Pat Collins, Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme participant gives an update on his progress
The second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme was launched in April 2019. Pat Collins programme participant joins Catherine Egan on the latest episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to give an update on his progress.
Newford Farm Beef Yearlings & Suckler Calves Update
Michael Fagan, technician to the Newford Farm gives an update on the Newford suckler calves and the Newford yearling bullocks and heifers
Suckler Breeding Targets Webinar
The first webinar in the 'Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep' series. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Cattle Specialist gave a presentation on 'Suckler Breeding Targets'
Dairy Beef Index (DBI)
The Dairy Beef Index (DBI) is a breeding tool developed by Teagasc and ICBF which was launched in 2019. Brendan Garry and John Conroy, Teagasc Mayo give an overview of the DBI and outline the benefits to dairy farmers and beef farmers.
The key information farmers need to be aware of for the final year of BDGP
As we approach the final year of the Beef Data Genomics Programme 1 with over 22,500 participants, Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, joins Catherine Egan on this weeks's episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the key dates farmers need to be aware of this year.
Newford Breeding 2020
Iarlaith Collins farm manager on Newford Suckler demonstration farm in Athenry gives a brief update the breeding season so far on this earlier maturing herd
Monitoring the Young Bull
Doreen Corridan, Munster Bovine highlights the importance of monitoring the young bull throughout the breeding season. It is very easy to miss cows in heat so it is important to use a monitoring device such as a chin ball, scratch pads or scanning.
Keeping Dairy Beef Calves Thriving at Grass
It is essential that the calves are well prepared for being let out to grass. They should be put out to grass when they are strong enough and the weather is mild.
Beef Newsletter - May 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition, topics include: BEEP-S; Easing dairy-beef calves to grass; Making quality silage and Improve your six-week calving rate
The importance of silage quality on beef farms and the steps farmers can take to improve it
As the silage season fast approaches, Joe Patton joins Catherine Egan on the latest episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the importance of silage quality on beef farms.
Training the Young Bull
BEEF: Doreen Corridan, Munster Bovine gives an overview of the steps you should take when training a new bull for mating and highlights the importance of having the bull fertility tested.
An update on the Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system trial
Nicky Byrne, Researcher in Teagasc Grange joins Catherine Egan on this week’s The Beef Edge to give an update on the latest results from the dairy calf-to-beef system trial.
Start Your Second Grazing Rotation
BEEF: Growth is now outstripping demand for most farmers. Look at the regrowth on the first couple of paddocks grazed, are they ready to be grazed again?
Derrypatrick Herd Update at Teagasc Grange
BEEF: Michael McManus, Research Technician on the Derrypatrick herd, at Teagasc Grange gives an update on the herd, grass management and plans for the next few weeks.
Dairy calf-to-beef system evaluation - Teagasc Grange
BEEF: The Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system evaluation compares the physical and financial performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. View video for the latest update
Countdown to breeding season 2020
BEEF: It is important to focus on the upcoming breeding season. Set realistic breeding targets for your farm. Develop a plan to help manage your herd throughout the breeding season.
Planning 1st cut silage on beef farms
BEEF: Having silage of a high quality will ensure good daily weight gain on weanlings and also cut down on meal input on finishing cattle. The decisions made in the next number of weeks on farm will determine the cost of production for up to 6 months next winter.
Beef Environment Efficiency Programme-Sucklers (BEEP-S)
The Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme - Suckler is to be of one year’s duration. The Programme will be administered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It will operate throughout the State in respect of eligible beef suckler herds. Participation in the Programme is voluntary.
Update your spring rotation planner and GET FERTILISER OUT.
BEEF The wet weather of early spring 2020 has disrupted the spring rotation planner. That now needs to be adusted to reflect the circumstances. The application of fertiliser will be critical, see the options.