CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 3
In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 3 below)
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 2
In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 2 below)
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 1
For the past four days Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 1 below)
Teagasc highlight Farm Diversification Opportunities
Farm Diversification is the establishment of a new enterprise on farm. It usually refers to a non-agricultural or novel enterprise. Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in diversifying their farm enterprise. Teagasc has a suite of 79 Farm Diversification Factsheets and videos to help
What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?
As part of the Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week Teagasc researcher Emer Kennedy & Joe Patton Teagasc nutritionist join Catherine Egan on the Beef Edge podcast to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf. The detail is outlined below.
Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 published
In 2017, Teagasc launched a multi-year Grass10 campaign (four years, 2017-2020) to promote sustainable grassland excellence on Irish livestock farms (dairy, beef and sheep). The Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 now published sums up the objectives of Grass10 and the progress made in developments to date
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Winner Caroline Walsh, and all the other category winners; details of upcoming webinar on "Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" and catch up on January's "Win-win" webinar
What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?
As part of the Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week, Teagasc researcher Emer Kennedy & Joe Patton, Teagasc nutritionist, join Catherine Egan on the latest Beef Edge podcast to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf.
Caroline Walsh - Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Caroline Walsh is Overall Winner and Dairy Award Winner of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 competition. Caroline farms in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork milking about 70 cows on a 20 ha milking platform. The awards reward the country's top grassland farmers by category, enterprise and merit awards
Creating a Win-Win for Farmer and Environment using PastureBase - Webinar
On this webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 13th January, the PastureBase Ireland and Teagasc Grass10 team were joined by Teagasc Soil Researcher David Wall, to discuss increased nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and special guest dairy farmer Kevin Moran, on recording soil fertility on PastureBase
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
David Brady - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
David Brady is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. David milks 100 cows on his farm near Stradone, Co. Cavan. In 2020 the farm grew 13 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK - 18th to 21st January 2021
Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc are working together to run their annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. CalfCare Virtual Week runs from Monday, 18th until Thursday, 21st January 2021
John Galvin - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
John Galvin is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. John Galvin farms near Dunmanway, Co. Cork and milks just over 100 cows. John’s farm grew 14.7 T DM/Ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Pat Collins - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Pat Collins is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Pat runs a dairy calf to beef enterprise as well as tillage on the farm. In 2020, Pat’s farm grew over 15 T DM/ha.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Shane Kinsella - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Shane Kinsella is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming near Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Shane milks 88 cows. Shane grew 16.9 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Peter McGuinness - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition, Peter McGuinness is a tillage and sheep farmer from Trim, Co. Meath. Peter is a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course. In 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha. Join the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to see the winner!
JP Hammersley - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
JP Hammersley is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. JP runs a dairy calf to beef farm near Lattin, Co. Tipperary. In 2020, JP’s farm grew 10 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Thomas Hogan - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Thomas Hogan is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Thomas runs a 60-cow suckler-to-store operation outside Nenagh in Co. Tipperary. Thomas grew 12.5 T DM/ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Body Condition Scoring and Minerals Vital Pre-Calving
Keith Fahy, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare outlines and recommends body condition scoring of suckler cows in the run up to calving. As minerals in silage can vary, Keith also stresses the importance of feeding minerals 4 to 6 weeks prior to calving to benefit both cow and calf health.
Let's Talk Cattle 2021
The Teagasc Drystock Specialists invite you to join them in a new series of Cattle and Sheep webinars for 2021. These are live monthly interactive webinars. The first is Let's Talk Cattle on Thursday 14th January at 8 pm focusing on Care of the Purchased Dairy Beef Calf. Registration details below
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Aine Murray, Teagasc Moorepark details the results of her trial work comparing Protected UREA to CAN & UREA; Key factors to consider when aiming to get a high response to early Spring nitrogen; & upcoming events
Next Few Months Critical to Spring Fertility
Getting management of the suckler cow right in the January to April period will be critical in determining the success of the 2021 breeding season. Most Spring calving suckler cows are either just freshly calved or will calve in the next 8-12 weeks. Aidan Murray Beef Specialist has all the advice
What does the Brexit deal mean for the Irish Beef Sector?
After years of uncertainty since the Brexit referendum in 2016, a deal on the future relations between the European Union and the UK has finally been sealed. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Kevin Hanrahan, Head of Rural Economy & Development, Teagasc, outlines what this means
Beef Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: 15 steps to prepare for calving season; Has your winter housing dose worked?; BDGP extended for one year; Research update - High prevalence of liver fluke in 2020; Health & Safety and more.
BDGP closing date looms
Friday 15th January is the closing date for suckler farmers to sign up to an extra year in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP). Brendan Garry, Teagasc Advisor Mayo, summarises the main points and reminds farmers not to delay in applying for 2021 via Agfood or by responding to the DAFM text
Using PastureBase to Benefit the Farmer & the Environment
Creating a Win–Win Scenario for the Farmer & the Environment using PastureBase Ireland by reducing fertiliser costs and increasing nutrient use efficiency (NUE). This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm. Follow the link to register below.
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Complete the Profit Monitor now
Early January is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and prepare a Profit Monitor. The Profit Monitor will look at the financial performance of your business in detail. Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the benefits and process.
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
Stay positive in January and get work done
Happy New year to you all. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist, encourages a positive outlook for January and focuses on 10 jobs to be undertaken now to get ahead on the beef farm, from vaccinations to calving preparations, farm repairs to profit monitors, weighing, soil sampling and more.
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th January 2021
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: William Burchill from the Teagasc/Dairygold joint programme looks at the cost effectiveness of LESS; Typical nitrogen values for slurry; Information on upcoming virtual events taking place in January.
How did the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm cattle perform at finishing in 2020?
Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician on the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with a review of the farm in 2020.
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Throwback to Virtual Beef Week 2020
In this special Christmas review of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week 2020, you can now catch up on all of the highlights of the 5 days in July. It covers the latest research and advice on suckler beef, dairy calf to beef, sustainable beef production, grassland management and the beef sector challenges.
What is the best practice vaccination protocols for suckler cows pre-calving?
Calf diarrhoea and calf pneumonia are the leading causes of death in Irish calves pre-weaning. Vet Doreen Corridan joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to explain why vaccinations should be used.
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc at this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference in November. See it here again below
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
The PastureBase and Grass10 team hosted an online webinar on Wednesday, 9 December to discuss achieving grazing excellence in 2021. The panel were also joined by Tipperary dairy farmer and Grass10 Carrick-on-Suir course member Jim White who outlined his PastureBase data for this year.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
What does the extension of GLAS 1, GLAS 2 & BDGP 1 mean for me?
Teagasc Beef Specialist Alan Dillon & Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena join Catherine Egan on the Beef Edge Podcast to explain more about the GLAS 1, GLAS 2 & BDGP 1 schemes.
BDGP Extended - what you need to know
The BDGP scheme has been extended for one year – what do you need to know? It is an extension to the previous scheme, therefore you must have been a participant in BDGP1 to apply. Two requirements are necessary to avail of extension by closing date on 15th of January. Martina Harrington has details
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
Environment Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hedges – rules and regulations; Know your derogation commitments & Message from ASSAP - How hedges protect water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 15 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including:Time to assess your soil fertility over December/early January; Make Protected Urea your fertiliser of choice in 2021; “Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021” webinar summary and Joining a Grass10 Grazing course
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Beef
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Beef was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators and Research & technology transfer actions.
What do I need to feed my suckler cows in the coming weeks?
Every year at calving there is high risk of health problems. These include low calcium status, dystocia, retained placenta, low milk performance and delayed cyclicity. Catherine Egan and Joe Patton Teagasc how to manage your suckler cow’s nutrition in the crucial week’s pre calving.
What do I need to feed my suckler cows in the coming weeks?
Do you have a spring calving suckler herd? Then you need to hear what Teagasc Nutritionist Joe Patton has to say in advance of spring calving season 2021 to find out how to manage your suckler cows' nutrition in the crucial weeks pre and post-calving.
Beef Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Lice management of housed cattle; Research update - Growth in focus; Calf weights 2020 & The Beef Edge Podcast.
BEAM Scheme Scenarios
Introduced in 2019 to provide compensation to beef farmers for market price cuts, the BEAM scheme offered a payment in return for a 5% reduction in cattle organic nitrogen over 12 months. Colm Kelly, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare presents some BEAM scenarios he has encountered to date
TB in cattle and what you need to know
Just over 3% of herds in Ireland will go down with TB in any given year and on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by Philip Breslin, Superintending Veterinary Inspector with the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine to discuss all things related to bovine TB
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
Do you understand and capitalise on your PastureBase farm reports? In this online webinar, the PastureBase and Grass10 team will be joined by dairy farmer & Grass10 course member Jim White to review and analyse Jim’s reports. Essential for any farmer wanting to achieve grazing excellence in 2021
Virtual Beef Conference 2020 - Day 3: Irish grass fed beef
Exploiting the full potential of Irish grass fed beef is the theme of Day 3 of the Virtual Beef Conference 2020, held at 8pm Thursday 3rd December. The last of three nights of webinars featured presentations by Dr. Edward O’Riordan & Dr. Aidan Moloney, Teagasc, Grange and Padraig Brennan, Bord Bia
Soil Health Series: Soil Chemical Quality Indicators
Soil health emphasises the soil biological community as a key driver of soils capacity to deliver multiple functions. Researcher Karen Daly tells us about chemical indicators that can be used to assess the health of our soils.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
Virtual Beef Conference 2020 - Day 2: Improving beef health and welfare
Improving Beef health and welfare is the theme of Day 2 of the Virtual Beef Conference 2020, held at 8pm Wednesday 2nd December. The second of three nights of webinars featured presentations by Dr. Bernadette Earley from Teagasc Grange and Dr. Doreen Corridan from Munster Bovine
Newford Farm Winter finishing of Beef Bullocks and Sales 2020
Iarlaith Collins, farm manager & Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry give us a brief update on the beef bullocks sales on which 3 of them were finished off grass with no meal, and a further 8 were finished off grass with meal.
Virtual Beef Conference 2020 - Day 1 Achieving target performance
Achieving target performance for weanlings during their first winter is theme of Day 1 of the Virtual Beef Conference 2020, held at 8pm Tuesday 1st December. The first of three nights of webinars featured presentations by Mark McGee, Teagasc Grange and Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
Winter finishing gets underway in Co. Westmeath
Irvine Allen farms just outside Moate, Co. Westmeath, and has been a participant in the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme since the spring of 2019. The Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef team; James Fitzgerald and Sean Cummins outline Irvine's winter finishing plans
Grass10 Newsletter - 1 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; walk your farm this week and establish closing Average Farm Cover; and an update on the current grass - clover trials taking place on the Clonakilty Research Farm.
Body Condition Score of Spring calving suckler herds- Time to assess!
In the next 8 weeks a large number of spring calving suckler cows will be coming close to start of calving. In most cases, as seen from national data, calving spread of suckler herds is spread out over many months. Alan Dillon, Beef Specialist, plans to ensure body condition score (BCS) is on target
Newford Notes - Week of 23rd November 2020
Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, gives an update on Autumn Farm Sales 2020 as nine more beef cattle were slaughtered. He has a summary of the feed and management of the various animal groups on farm. All cattle were clipped and plastic was recycled.
How to manage winter fodder crops on your farm
On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by suckler farmer Michael Flynn from county Waterford to discuss his beef farm system and to find out how he is managing winter fodder crops on his farm at this time of year.
Feed the animal not the Parasites!
During Housing is an ideal time to free the animals from liver fluke, stomach & lung worms. Animals can only pick up infection from grazing pastures and the infective stage cannot survive on hay or silage. Michael Conroy Teagasc Advisor Roscommon gives insight into these internal parasites and lice
TB Forgotten but not gone!
TB is a chronic, highly infectious disease of cattle caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis which also can infect and cause disease in many other mammals including humans, deer, goats, pigs, cats and dogs. Ciaran Beatty Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Castlerea advises on preventing TB on farm
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
Visual assessment of silage quality
Pay Moylan, Teagasc Kilkenny outlines three simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage visually at the silage pit phase. These are looking at the colour & smell; how you assess dry matter and most importantly dry matter digestibility (DMD).
Sustainable Beef Farming in Europe – Policy and Practice
Beef industry stakeholders all over Europe are invited to attend the first trans-national meeting of BovINE – the first and only EU-funded Beef Innovation Network – to focus on improving sustainability across the sector. BovINE’s online meeting takes place on Tuesday 1st December
Teagasc National Beef Conference goes virtual
This year’s Teagasc National Beef Conference moves online with a series of three virtual events to take place across three days, on Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, and Thursday 3rd December at 8pm each day. The focus is on winter nutrition, animal health and beef markets while improving sustainability.
Outlook 2021 Virtual Conference
Outlook 2021 Conference takes place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December at 9:30am. This webinar is relevant to farm representative organisations, food businesses and representative bodies, financial institutions, academics, policy makers and farmers.
What does your local regional veterinary laboratory do?
The 2020 Animal Health Awareness Week organised by DAFM is taking place this week from 23rd-28th November. On this week’s Beef Edge Podcast, Mícheál Casey, Head of DAFM Regional Veterinary Laboratories (RVL) gives an insight into the many services they provide to farmers.
Respiratory Diseases- Better to prevent than to cure
Respiratory diseases without doubt cause more deaths in young growing cattle in this country than any other disease. The most common respiratory diseases in housed cattle are the different forms of pneumonia. Pearse Kelly, Teagasc Head of Drystock, details why prevention is better than cure
Grass10 Newsletter - 24 November 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Walk your farm & measure grass this week; interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 & a research update from Philip Creighton in the Sheep Demonstration Farm in Athenry.
Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter
Teagasc Mayo Advisors invite you to join this Interactive Webinar series “Improving Performance on Beef & Sheep Farms this Winter.” The Beef webinar takes place tonight (Monday 23rd Nov) at 8pm and the Sheep webinar on Wednesday night at 8pm. Webinar details and how to join are outlined below
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
Housing Requirements for Suckler, Finisher & Weanlings
When you're housing cattle make sure you get the basics. This will maximise health & performance. There are a number of factors that have to work well together. David Argue, Teagasc Meath has more information.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
Grass10 Newsletter - 17 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Grazing coming to an end on most farms for 2020; Interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 and an update on the Winter milk trials in Johnstown Castle.
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
Green Acres Factsheet -Silage quality and concentrate supplementation
Grass silage is an important winter feed in calf-to-beef systems. Balancing this forage with the correct quantity/quality of concentrate is key to achieving desired winter weight gains. The Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef team has published a Fact Sheet on the silage quality and concentrates topic
Newford Notes - Week of 9th November 2020
The suckler cows at Newford had an extended month at grass in 2020 compared to previous years. Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, gives an update on Autumn Farm Sales 2020 and a summary of the feed and management of the various animal groups on farm.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Suckling or Calf to Beef: Which system is more profitable?
Tom Coll, Drystock Advisor, poses the question 'Suckling or Calf to Beef which system is more profitable?'. When comparing calf to beef and suckling to beef systems it is true to say that there are probably bigger differences in profitability within the same farming system than between systems.
Winter finishing- weight targets and fat covers
The winter period is a time where expenses rise dramatically and returns can be variable at best. In most cases, stores will be housed at this stage with the target of slaughtering in 70-120 days depending on the category of stock to be slaughtered. Alan Dillon, Cattle Specialist tells us more.
Grass10 Newsletter - 10 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Closing paddocks on time as we look forward to spring grazing; Grass quality results from the clover trial in Clonakilty; Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme update & more.
The Farm Systems and Courses on Offer at Gurteen College
Gurteen College Beef Lecturer, Peter Grogan, and Drystock Farm Manager, Gerard Carey, give an overview of Gurteen College, the farm systems operated and what it has to offer students on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast with Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist.
Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch: Last grazing
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on grassland targets as the grazing season comes to a close. They share the last grazing plans of two of the programmes farmers; Michael Culhane and Ciaran Bartley
Winter Management of dairy beef cattle groups
Vincent Ronayne, Drystock Advisor, discusses the winter management of the two primary types of stock on the dairy-beef finishing farm: the young stock from 2020 and the stock facing their finishing winter period. He outlines the separate and different treatments required for housing and feeding
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
Newford Notes - Week of 2nd November 2020
All the beef animals at Newford Farm have now been housed. Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives the latest update of heifer slaughter details together with feeding programmes and recent weights of the remaining beef bullocks, heifers and weanlings.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Beef Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Closing up paddocks until spring; drafting dairy-bred steers off grass; The Beef Edge podcast; Research Update - Performance evaluation; and controlling fluke effectively.
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week, advice on Average Farm Cover and managing grass availability now for Spring grazing, the benefits of liming now, details of Aidan Maguire's Autumn Rotation Planner and LESS application in Spring
The complicated story of fluke
Animals develop immunity to lungworms and gut worms, but do not develop immunity to fluke so they always need to be considered when housing all classes of cattle. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Cattle Specialist & Dr. Orla Keane, Teagasc Researcher have more information on fluke and how to prevent it.
What ration do I need to feed?
With consistent rainfall over the past ten days, a lot of cattle have been housed around the country. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, Teagasc Nutritionist Joe Patton outlines a number of factors farmers should now consider at housing.
Webinars for Farmers Sligo Leitrim Donegal
Starting tonight and running over the following 6 Tuesdays, Teagasc Advisers in Sligo, Letrim and Donegal are hosting a series of one-hour zoom webinars for farmers on a range of relevant topics. Facilitated by Cian Condon, Advisor, the webinars and access details are outlined below
Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch: Grazing Wind-down
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on wet weather grazing and share the current Autumn grassland management plans of two of the programmes farmers; Pat Collins and Irvine Allen
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Newford Farm Beef Heifers Update
There were 59 beef heifers on Newford farm to be slaughtered this year and all of these heifers were sired by 5 star terminal bulls. The first 2 heifers were sold off grass with no meals fed, on the 16th of July at 17 months of age. Michael Fagan gives an update on the heifers in the herd.
The Three Priorities of Autumn Grazing
Micheál O’Leary joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give targeted advice based on the level of grass on farm as we approach the housed period. Micheál emphasises the three priorities of autumn grazing: feed the cow, hit grazing residuals and avoid doing damage
Reducing nutrient losses and fertiliser use
TEAGASC researchers have spent many years looking at alternative nutrient sources to reduce chemical fertiliser demand on farms. Researchers David Wall and Patrick Forrestal give information on this research and what it could mean for farmers.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
Dairy calf to beef systems research update Teagasc Grange
The current research focus is to compare the performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. These groups consist of male Holstein Friesian (HF) and two Angus (AAX) groups. Researcher Nicky Byrne gives an update on the herd and some recent performance figures.
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Combating anthelmintic resistance on calf-to-beef farms
Stomach worms and lungworm are two of the main internal parasites that affect calf-to-beef animals during their first grazing season and have the potential to significantly reduce thrive. The Teagasc Green Acres team have produced an excellent factsheet on Combating anthelmintic resistance.
Understanding the Silage Test Results
Silage will form the staple diet of cattle for up to 6 months. It is important to know its’ exact feed quality. Visual assessment is not adequate when it comes to determining the quality of your silage - get it analysed. Teagasc advisor Sinead Devaney has advice on understanding silage testing.
Grass 10 Newsletter October 27th
The Grass10 team give a number of grass related updates including: PastureBase data for the week. There' sinformation on autumn closing targets, wet weather grazing tips and pottasium (K) offtakes. Researcher Nicky Byrne gives an uipdate on the dairy calf-to-beef trial in Teagasc Grange.
The Beef Edge Masterclass Series: JP Hammersley’s Dairy Calf to Steer System
In this second of a regular monthly 'Beef Edge Masterclass’ series from expert farmers on the Beef Edge podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by JP Hammersley a farmer in Lattin, Co. Tipperary.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
GrowthWatch - Green Acres Calf to Beef
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on wet weather grazing management and share the current Autumn grassland management plans of two of the participant farmers; Peter Byrne and JP Hammersley
Farm Business Options Webinar: Steps towards an on farm diversification
The second webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 20 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Allen McAdam, CEO, MCA Consulting to discuss the steps towards an on farm diversification.
Don’t be Nice to Lice this Winter
When controlling parasites at housing one that should not be overlooked is lice! This is the advice from Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist. Once cattle come into sheds the conditions for both biting and sucking lice to flourish, improve.
Pre-Housing Review and Silage Testing
Mícheál Kelly, B&T Drystock Advisor carries out a pre-housing review of the cattle shed including feed barriers, water troughs, slats and ventilation. Checking these now can prevent a costly mistake later. He also recommends silage testing now; another task which will save money in the long run.
Newford Notes - Week of 12th October 2020
Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives a detailed update. The weight, grading and performance of the batch of finished beef heifers is discussed,remaining heifers and weanlings are at grass, bullocks housed and plans for the week ahead are outlined
Grass10 Newsletter - 20 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week; tips on grazing during wet weather; grazing when silage in the diet; monitoring autumn rotation plan; Autumn closing plan – Sean & Pat Barry, heavy soils update & Moorepark clover trial update.
Cattle Budgets 2020 - Too many Unknowns gives Cause for Concern
Teagasc annually produces a set of beef budgets dealing with a number of finishing scenarios. No two farms are the same in terms of input costs, management, stocking rates or fixed costs. With that in mind Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist says each individual should really do their own specific budgets
How is your Autumn Rotation Planner progressing?
As we near the end of October, we want to check in with our Autumn Rotation Planner. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist goes through the targets & reasons why hitting these targets are so important. If you haven’t a plan made already, it may not be too late but you need to act now.
Building Up Your Mental Resilience in These Times
In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, Dr. Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow, has some tips on mental and physical well-being on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast.
Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch
James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins, Programme Advisors to the Green Acres farms offer some timely advice on grassland management and share the current Autumn grassland management plans of two of the programmes farmers; Aidan Maguire and Richard Long
Identifying Irish beef farmers’ challenges and sharing solutions from across Europe
BovINE will hold its first Irish National Beef Event at 8pm tomorrow, 20 October. BovINE network links farmers, advisors, researchers, & all other relevant stakeholders, across 9 EU member states, to stimulate exchange of knowledge & ideas to address solutions to the challenges faced by the sector.
Making Life Easier on the Farm
Andy Ryder, drystock advisor, says handling facilities are often overlooked as farms are developed. Labour on most farms is limited to the farmer and help from family members. Therefore, handling of animals requires good facilities that enables one person to complete the necessary routine tasks
BDGP – Female Replacement Strategy – Deadline 31st October 2020
Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist, reminds suckler farmers in BDGP that they have only a fortnight left to the deadline to meet the 50% female replacement strategy. Under this measure farmers who signed up to the BDGP scheme almost 6 years ago have to have 50% of their reference number by Oct 31st
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
How to make the most out of weighing
Catherine Egan, Beef Specialist, focuses on the importance of weighing to ensure replacement heifers are on target for weight at mating and calving down at 24 months. She takes a look at the many benefits of weighing, and knowing cow weights, for the suckler farmer.
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 2 - 15th October 2020
The second joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx event takes place on Thursday, 15th October at 7:30pm. It will focus on the CAFRE dairy beef KT project winter feeding regime & there will be an opportunity to hear about the research carried out by Teagasc in relation to dairy beef production.
Grass10 Newsletter - 13 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips on the paddocks to close throughout October; holding onto AFC; Autumn checklist for farmers; Autumn closing plan for John O’Connell, Sheep GFOY Winner and more.
Effective Parasite Control at Housing
Martina Harrington joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of parasite control at housing.
Management of Weanlings over the Winter
Donal McCabe, Drystock advisor focuses on the factors which should be considered this winter to achieve a margin from weanlings. These include concentrates, ventilation and the supply of clean water.
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
All weaning is now completed on the Newford farm. Michael Fagan, Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry gives a detailed update. Weanling weights and performance is discussed, silage results are available and he outlines the plans for the weeks ahead.
Stress free weaning sucklers on Newford Farm
Iarlaith Collins, Farm Manager on the Newford Suckler demonstration farm in Athenry Co Galway gives us a brief update on the pre weaning process and explains how they aim to reduce stress during the weaning process on both the cow and calf.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Tips on the paddocks to close throughout October, Autumn checklist for farmers, closing plan for dairy calf to beef farmer Aidan Maguire, Co. Meath and Autumn grazing research study Teagasc Moorepark
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 1 - 8th October 2020
Invitation to attend the first of two joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx events. Event one provides an overview of current Teagasc dairy calf to beef research and a review of CAFREs dairy calf to beef technology project including James Hendersons dairy calf to beef enterprise.
Winter weanling weight targets- Where is the ground lost?
Alan Dillon, Beef Specialist insists that silage testing is a must on farms to determine if more or less meal feeding is required. Not many farmers achieve the weanling winter target gain of 0.6kg per day. This is mainly due to feeding poor quality silage without adequate meal supplementation.
Farming Innovation and Sustainability on the Inishowen Peninsula
Henry O’Donnell project manager of the Inishowen Upland European Innovation Partnership joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of the project and explains how it aims to improve the economic sustainability of farming High Nature Value (HNV) land in Inishowen.
Beef Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: tidying up BEEP–S tasks; reducing the risk to weanlings; benefits of silage quality improvement; Research Update - Increasing space allowance and health & safety advice.
October Farm Management Tips
Sinéad Devaney, Teagasc drystock advisor outlines some farm tasks that can be attended to this month. This includes checking the farm and farmyard is a safe place to work in for the winter ahead. She has tips for managing grassland and animals now, and scheme requirements for the month of October.
Autumn Weanling Management
Katie O’Toole, Walsh Scholar, Teagasc Galway/Clare outlines some easy achievable targets to aim for when weaning spring-born calves this autumn.
Grass10 Newsletter - 29th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, grazing tips for closing paddocks, applying remaining slurry using LESS methods, Kevin Moran's closing plan and grass budget as well as a clover update from Clonakilty research farm.
The latest from the Derrypatrick demonstration farm
Michael McManus, Manager of the Derrypatrick demonstration farm at Teagasc Grange joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to give an update on the farm.
Act now to save money this winter
Soon suckler calves will be weaned, castrated, sold, bought, and housed.These are all stressors on animals which weakens their immune system, and viruses already present could take hold. The main viruses of concern are respiratory - IBR, RSV and PI3. Martina Harrington, Beef Specialist has the facts
SmartCow H2020 project
SmartCow is a Research Infrastructures (RIs) project which aims to integrate key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Beef Eating Quality Index
The world’s first national multi-breed genomic evaluation for sensory-based meat eating quality has been launched at the Meat Technology Ireland Centre, Ashtown, Dublin. One of the main objectives of its research was to generate a database of genetically diverse animals for meat eating quality.
Choosing a Concentrate Type for Finishing
Aidan Murray, Beef Specialist asks "Is there a difference between concentrate types i.e. standard beef mixes, “specials” and home-mixed concentrates?" He emphasises that energy is the most limiting nutrient for finishing, and he says farmers should always ask for the energy content of the ration.
Grass10 Newsletter - 22nd September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips for building or holding AFC if you are behind; Sean Barry, heavy soils farmer on his closing plan; clover update from Athenry research centre. Social media links to podcasts & webinars also
Beef Edge Episode 35
Beef Edge Masterclass: Niall O’Meara explains his autumn calving suckling to weanling system
What’s your Suckler Cow Replacement Strategy?
All sucker farmers should have a heifer replacement strategy. On farm there are many strategies, some good, some poor and others are non-existent, according to Austin Callaghan, Drystock Advisor. He stresses the need to replace a minimum of 15% of your herd each year.
Implementing a control plan for liver fluke now
Niall Treanor, drystock advisor, warns farmers of the risk of liver fluke in their herds at this time of year. He asks why we still see a high percentage of livers in meat processing factories, from housed cattle, showing live adult liver fluke in them and advises having a fluke control programme.
Focus on weaning at Newford
On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast Iarlaith Collins, Farm Manager of Newford Suckler Demonstration Herd joins Catherine Egan to give an update on the farm
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; clean graze outs and grazing some of the more challenging areas of the farm; tips for building grass covers if you are running behind the autumn grazing targets and information on upcoming events.
Beep-S Action 3 Faecal Sampling - What you need to know
Anthelmintics are convenient and reasonably priced but misuse can lead to development of resistance making them ineffective in the future. Monitoring parasites by faecal sampling can help minimise anthelmintics use and assist the effective timing of treatment Catherine Egan Beef Specialist explains
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Commonage/ Rough Grazing
One of the new measures to be implemented this year as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4 relates to commonage and rough grazing. This new measure will affect about 500+ farmers. Teagasc Advisor in the Galway/Clare region has some information.
Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk Roscommon
Martin Connolly brought us onto his farm on Thursday September 10th for a virtual farm walk. Martin is a participant in the Teagasc Green Acres programme and he gave an excellent insight regarding his animal and grassland management practices.
Planning for the end of the grazing season
Beef Specialist Alan Dillon outlines how to manage Autumn grazing and fertilsation of grassland on the beef farm under different scenarios based on whether land is wet or dry. Plan to have a supply of grass into the autumn while also preparing for next spring grazing.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 – Training Course Requirement
A 3 day training course requirement is a key part of the new derogation measures introduced this year. This training, to improve knowledge transfer, must be completed in 2020 or 2021, by farmers who are in derogation.
Teagasc Green Acres Virtual Farm Walk Roscommon
You will be taken on a virtual farm walk on Martin Connolly's farm where you can interact with Martin and the Teagasc Green Acres advisors on the Teagasc social media platforms. Read on for more information and details.
Grassland management tips to deal with the current weather conditions
John Maher, Teagasc Grass10 Campaign Manager, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an update on grassland management tips to deal with current weather conditions.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; Tips to reduce demand and build grass supply as farmers struggle to hit Autumn grazing targets; Flyer for John Trant social media takeover day on Wednesday 16th September.
Beef Finishing Payment and BDGP Requirements
2020 seems to be the year that keeps on giving - for the wrong reasons unfortunately. It is not all doom & gloom, eligible beef farmers can now apply for the new Beef Finishing Payment Scheme and fodder supplies seem to be significant on farm at present. Teagasc Advisor Keith Fahy tells us more.
Steps to Organic Conversion
Organic farming is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, and the application of high welfare standards.
Managing your weanlings this autumn to comply with BEEP-S
As autumn approaches, the performance of spring born calves must be a priority. With weather conditions deteriorating, some farmers may already be thinking about weaning. However, this year BEEP-S scheme participants must remember they have new measures to consider before weaning takes place.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Biodiversity
Biodiversity loss is an on-going concern and farmers are required to implement a biodiversity measure on derogation farms. This year 2020 has seen the implementation of new measures as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4. One of these measures is to improve farm biodiversity.
Beef Newsletter - September 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition: Beef Finisher Payment deadline; Build grass covers; Teagasc Green Acres virtual farm walk; Lime - the double dividend; Research Update - Grange calf-to-beef system and Health & Safety - Get winter ready.
Clover Swards on Derogation Farms
Have you really considered the benefits of clover? Increasing the clover content in grassland can result in increased production and quality with less nitrogen fertiliser thus improving farm sustainability. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information.
What you can do to help improve your water quality
Noel Meehan, Manager of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme (ASSAP) joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the progress of the Programme and what you can do to help improve water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; switch focus back from wet weather management to the autumn grazing targets; sward quality at Clonakilty and the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Four Important Deadlines in September
Beef farmers need to be aware of four important deadlines in September. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist has some information and advice on the upcoming deadlines for the Beef Finishers Payment Scheme (BFP), BDGP and the deadline for the application of chemical Nitrogen & Phosphorous.
Training on Grassland Management & Recording of Grass Production on Derogation Farms
Grazed grass is the cheapest animal feed available to Irish farmers, in order to manage it successfully, to underpin profitability, it needs to be measured. The potential reward of utilising more grass in livestock production is huge. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information
Closing date extended for Grassland Farmer of the Year
The closing date for applications for the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year has been extended. Applications will now close on Friday September 11th 2020.
Does the benefits of pregnancy scanning cows far exceed the cost?
Scanning offers so many advantages and is a vital tool used on well managed herds around the country. Catherine Egan, Teagasc Beef Specialist gives some information.
Reduction in the Crude Protein content of Concentrates fed to Grazing Dairy cows/Livestock
All Nitrate Derogation farmers should now be aware that there are reduced levels of crude protein permissible in concentrates fed to grazing livestock from 1st April to the 15th September, 2020. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Use of Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment
Agriculture is estimated to be responsible for 99% of ammonia losses in Ireland, while slurry and farmyard manure spreading is thought to be responsible for 30% of those losses. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
Farm Scale Liming Programme
All derogation farmers must now adopt a farm scale liming programme based on a current Nutrient Management Plan and associated soil analysis results. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Attention Derogation Farmers: Closing time is approaching!
We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of the closed period for chemical fertilisers (14th Sept is the last day N & P fertiliser can be spread). Right now is a good time to check back with your fertiliser plan and see how you are progressing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips during this sustained spell of wet weather for keeping grass in the diet and testimonials from the four category winners in the 2019 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
The importance of pregnancy scanning cows
The importance of pregnancy scanning cows is the topic on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge Podcast and Catherine Egan is joined by Teagasc Researcher Professor David Kenny and Teagasc Advisor Sinead Devaney.
The Power of Fresh Clean Air
The three main factors influencing performance at housing are Nutrition, Health and Environment. Good ventilation plays a key role in two of these pillars: health and environment. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist has some information and advice.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
High rainfall making grazing conditions challenging
High rainfall across parts of the country has left grazing conditions extremely difficult. Paudie O'Brien, Heavy Soils Farmer in Kerry gives an update on how he is managing grazing during the wet weather. Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor gives some advice on managing grazing.
Beef Finisher Payment - Applications Now Open
The Beef Finisher Payment (BFP) scheme is a one off, exchequer funded grant aid scheme which aims to support beef finishers in Ireland who have been severely impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic. Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist gives an overview of the scheme along with the eligibility criteria.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Autumn Grazing targets and information on the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
How to apply for the Beef Finishers Payment Scheme
Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the Beef Finishers Payment Scheme (BFP).
Health is your wealth!
September brings a change of season & shift in focus. A housed animal is the most expensive animal on the farm eating silage & concentrates in a costly shed. We need to do everything to ensure that there's nothing hampering their performance. Martina Harrington Teagasc Beef Specialist tells us more.
Redstart – Managing a Forage Crop this Autumn
Beef farmers are constantly looking for solutions to remain viable. Eddie Webb, Drystock Adviser in Tuam met up with a farmer who opted to sow the forage crop redstart to shorten the winter housing period.
Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 Single Suckling Enterprise Factsheet
The 2019 Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data on 825 farms representative of over 90,000 farms nationally. In total data was recorded on over 250 single suckling farms. The performance of the single suckling enterprise in 2019 is summarised here
What do I need to know about the Beef Data and Genomics Programme?
Over 24,000 suckler herds across the country are participating in the Beef Data & Genomics Programme 1 & 2. Following the latest BDGP genomic evaluation, Teagasc Beef Specialist, Catherine Egan highlights the key dates that you need to be aware of to ensure that you comply with the programme.
All You Need to Know about the BDGP
Chris Daly from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to discuss all you need to know about the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP).
InstaLive with Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase Ireland
John Douglas from Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland joined us on an Instagram live on Wednesday, 5 August to answer your questions on Autumn Grazing Management.
Maximising Days at Grass this Autumn Using the Pasturebase Grass Budget
As we enter August, our focus turns to autumn grass management on farms. Join Micheal O'Leary, Pasturebase Ireland and Donal Patton, Teagasc Specialist on Wednesday, 12 August at 8pm for a live interactive discussion on how to best use the Pasturebase Autumn Grazing Budget to maximise days at grass.
Beef Newsletter August 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition: Castration dos and don’ts; Catch up on all things Virtual Beef Week; Faecal sampling for BEEP–S; Research Update - Breeding more sustainable beef cattle.
Teagasc Fodder Survey July 2020 - National picture secure but 10% of farms have deficits
Over the last number of weeks, Teagasc advisors have completed almost 700 winter fodder budgets for drystock and dairy farmers nationwide. This was carried out as part of a new initiative to promote better feed security planning on livestock farms.
Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 Cattle Finishing Enterprise Factsheet
The 2019 Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data close to 900 farms. The performance of the cattle finishing enterprise in 2019 is summarised in this factsheet and is based on data for 103 farms.
Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 launched
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dara Calleary, T.D at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin this week.
Are you interested in converting to dairy?
Teagasc Dairy specialist Patrick Gowing joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast to discuss the Teagasc Dairy Start-Up course.
Dealing with wet conditions on beef farms
The spring and early summer months brought near drought conditions for much of the country. Since mid-June there has been a significant amount of rain especially in some southern, northern and western areas. Drystock specialist Alan Dillon has some advice if your farm is impacted
Grass 10 Newsletter 4th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including information on current and predicted grass growth, targets and tips for managing grass as we move into August and white clover update from Teagasc Moorepark.
Impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in 2020 now likely to be more limited
At present, fears of a sharp COVID-19 related drop in Irish farm incomes in 2020, seem to have been averted following a gradual recovery in commodity prices and the provision of additional supports to the sector, according to Mid Year Outlook for 2020 produced by Teagasc economists.
Newford Suckler Herd Performance and the BEEP-s Scheme
An update on the performance of this year’s suckler calves at grass on the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry and how they are meeting the requirements of the BEEP scheme
The Importance of Lime on Your Beef Farm
Soil pH plays a key role in soil fertility and it is also critical for maximising the availability of nutrients (N, P & K) applied in organic and chemical fertilisers.On this episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, Shane Devaney Advisor joins Catherine Egan to discuss the importance of lime on beef farms.
Pregnancy scanning benefits, timing & facilities
There are many benefits to pregnancy scanning suckler cows. Teagasc Advisor David Argue outlines the benefits of pregnancy scanning and also outlines the importance of getting the timing right & the need for good facilities for human & animal safety.
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Adapting to climate change on livestock farms.
Animal agriculture is particularly vulnerable to more extreme weather, as seen during the recent droughts in the south and east of the Island. Farming practices focusing on adaptation may not be the same as measures designed to mitigate emissions. Researcher Donal O'Brien gives some information.
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
A unique grazing system that works
If you don’t measure grass you can’t manage it. On this episode of the Beef Edge podcast, suckler farmer Thomas O’Connor from Co. Kildare joins Catherine Egan to give an insight of his farming system.
Grass 10 Newsletter July 21st
Grass growth exceeding demand. The focus this week is on: Grass quality during the last round of summer grazing, grazing management and applying K. Walk your farm every 5 days during the next few weeks so you can react to the high growth rates at present.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
In 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice
Tips & Advice for Staying Safe on Farm
Accidents on farms are a continuing cause of concern and on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Health & Safety specialist John McNamara, joins Catherine Egan with some tips for farmers in advance of Farm Safety Week.
Beef Newsletter July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition: BEAM 5% reduction requirements begin; Teagasc Virtual Beef Week; Research update - Heat synchronisation and timed AI; and Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous.
Tips & Advice for Staying Safe on Farm
Accidents on farms are a continuing cause of concern and on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Health & Safety specialist John McNamara, joins Catherine Egan with some tips for farmers in advance of Farm Safety Week.
BEAM Scheme Requirements - Don’t get penalised!!
Patricia Lynch, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport Close to €80 million was paid to just under 33,000 Irish beef farmers in 2019 under the BEAM scheme. This aid was paid to help compensate farmers for the drop off in beef prices during the period September 2018 to May 2019.
Understanding the genetic basis of fertility and semen quality in bulls
In seasonal production systems, demand for semen from young genetically elite bulls often exceeds supply.
Newford Demonstration Farm - Grass Update
Michael Fagan, Teagasc Technician for Newford Farm gives an update on the grass situation on the farm. Newford Farm consists of 71 Ha, which is made up of 4 farms and 2 of these are located 12km away from the home farm.
Genomic selection for compensatory growth in beef cattle
In beef production systems, feed accounts for up to 80% of the total direct costs incurred by farmers. There is an opportunity to genomically select cattle with an enhanced compensatory growth potential.
Developing more sustainable beef finishing strategies through improved nutrition and growth of animals
Economic sustainability of beef farming needs to be improved, while simultaneously its environmental footprint needs to be reduced.
BovINE (Beef Innovation Network Europe) has been established across 10 EU member states to focus solely on the needs of the 255,000 farmers that constitute the EU bovine meat sector.
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. Project lead Aidan Moloney tells us more.
Laying the foundation for Ireland’s methane mitigation strategies
Ruminant livestock directly contribute an estimated 60% of Irish agriculture’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of methane.
The impact of housing characteristics 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.
Grass-forage and concentrate beef: production and quality attributes
Grass-based production systems offer an economic advantage for Irish beef farms. There is renewed interest in 100 % grass-fed beef, which is perceived as being more ‘sustainable’ by consumers.
Parasite control in growing cattle at pasture
Internal parasites are one of the main threats that need to be considered for animals at grass. Researcher Orla Keane has some information and advice on Lungworm and Gut worm.
Want 50kg more winter weight gain for no extra cost? Cut silage in May instead of June
Research conducted at Teagasc Grange has shown that cattle fed high quality 75% dry matter digestibility (DMD) silage gained almost 50kg additional live-weight over a 5 month winter compared to similar cattle fed 65% DMD silage. Joe Patton explains the results of this research.
Winter Finishing: Grass-based systems
Even high-quality grass silage is incapable of sustaining adequate growth rates to exploit the growth potential of most cattle so concentrate supplementation is required. Mark McGee and Catherine Egan, Teagasc, AGRIC give advice on efficient feed utilisation when finishing cattle.
Feeding weanlings during the winter
Grange research has shown that weanling steers and heifers generally do not require protein supplementation when fed barley-based concentrates and high DMD grass silage. Researcher Mark McGee and Specialist Catherine Egan give some information and advice.
How to grow and utilise more grass on my farm?
Underpinning good grass production and utilisation is having adequate soil fertility, unimpeded drainage, targeted application of fertiliser and good grazing infrastructure, coupled with appropriate grazing management practices. Specialist Catherine Egan and researcher Mark McGee have some advice.
Finishing cattle at pasture: concentrate supplementation?
In autumn the diet of grazing cattle is generally unbalanced in terms of energy and protein as there is usually excess degradable protein in autumn grass. Researchers Edward O’Riordan and Mark McGee have some information.
Resilient grass-based systems for beef cattle
In beef production systems, feed provision is the single largest direct cost incurred, accounting for approximately 75% of total costs of production. Beef specialist Catherine Egan and researcher Mark McGee have advice and information.
The Grand Challenges Facing the Beef Sector
Recently appointed Teagasc Beef Enterprise Leader at Teagasc Grange, Paul Crosson, joins Catherine Egan on the latest Beef Edge podcast to address the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing the beef sector.
ICBF: Breeding for more Sustainable Beef Production
ICBF uses performance, ancestry and genomic data from over 15 million beef cattle. The goal is to identify the superior animals within the breeding program for key traits such as maternal milk, female fertility, cost of calving, cost of feed & carcas growth rate.
Methane Production: How can we reduce it?
Methane (CH4) is the second most important greenhouse gas (GHG) in terms of global warming. It is 28 times more potent to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2). Agriculture accounts for 34% of Irish GHGs emissions, with CH4 responsible for nearly 60% of agri emissions.
Protected Urea - Cost Efficient N
Protected urea (ProUrea) is urea which is treated with a urease inhibitor. The urease inhibitor can be either a) coated onto the outside of the fertiliser granule or b) incorporated into the urea granule melt during manufacture.
Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. The nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in the ammonia form similar to N in urea fertilisers and as such can be easily lost to the atmosphere.
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP is a new government / industry collaborative initiative running from 2018 - 2021. The programme offers a free support and advisory service (20 Teagasc and 10 Dairy Co-op advisors) and participation is voluntary. Its aim is to improve water quality through working with farmers.
Teagasc Green Acres Dairy Calf to Beef Programme
The second phase of Teagasc Green Acres Calf-to-Beef Programme started in 2019. It includes 12 commercially-operated calf to beef demonstration farms located nationwide. This programme is supported by two Teagasc specialised advisors. Programme manager Alan Dillon has more information
Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system study
The current research focus of the dairy beef unit at Teagasc Grange is to compare the performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. The systems used have achieved exceptional performance. Nicky Byrne and Donall Fahy give an update on the research.
Growing your potential; Grass-to-Beef
Grazed grass is the cheapest source of energy for ruminants and is capable of supporting high levels of animal performance. Nicky Byrne, Donall Fahy and Michael O’Donovan have some advice.
Dairy-beef performance under three stocking rate intensities
The current research programme in Johnstown Castle is evaluating the effects of herbage allowance (by using three stocking rates) on the performance of dairy × beef crossbreed cattle. Ruth Dunne, Wayne Hayes, Richard Lynch and Padraig French have further information on the research.
Prevention of common infectious & parasitic diseases affecting dairy beef calves
Dairy beef calves can be susceptible to a number of infectious & parasitic diseases. Niamh Field has advice and information on the prevention and management of coccidiosis, gutworm, lungworm and viral pneumonia.
Understanding the Dairy Beef Index (DBI)
The Dairy Beef Index (DBI) is a tool to produce quality beef cattle from the dairy herd that have both desirable calving attributes for the dairy herd (i.e. easy calving and short gestation) and valuable carcass merit attributes for the finisher.
Calving Beef heifers at 2 Years Old
Find out the reasons for calving your beef heifers at 2 years old; why farmers are reluctant to try it and get some key statistics to help make the decision.
Castration- Best Practice
Castration is considered to cause a degree of pain and stress and has been shown to elicit physiological stress, inflammatory reactions, pain-associated behaviour, suppression of immune function and a reduction in performance.
Breeding for improved resistance to bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a multifactorial disease affecting cattle of all ages. Internationally and in Ireland, it represents the most significant cause of bovine morbidity and mortality.
Clinical diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is is one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality in cattle.
Novel diagnostics for bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
At Teagasc, Grange, new technologies are being used for the identification of viral and bacterial infectious agents causing bovine respiratory disease (BRD), commonly known as pneumonia.
Livestock-handling on Irish beef farms: Implications for the human-animal-relationship
Livestock production systems consistently rank as one of the most hazardous with regard to farmer safety. Between 2009 and 2018, 16% of total fatalities in the Irish agricultural and forestry industry occurred in these production systems.
How to achieve high performance in a dairy calf-to-beef system
Due to the expansion of the Irish dairy herd over recent years more dairy-origin calves are available for beef production, but considerable scope exists for integration of beef and dairy farmers’ needs. Nicky Byrne & Alan Dillon have advice on achieving high performance.
Lessons from the Derrypatrick herd – Q & A
Beef specialist, Aidan Murray along with researchers Paul Crosson, Bernadette Earley and Orla Keane give us some information on the lessons learned from the herd to date.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday
Grass Management for Sustainable Beef Production
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday
Virtual Beef Week - Day 5 - Friday July 10th
How my farm grows more grass?
Sean Roddy, suckler farm manager of the Lyons Demesne farm Co. Kildare, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to discuss grassland management on his farm.
Lungworm in Cattle
Hoose or lungworm infection, can be widespread and infection this year may be more severe with the heavy rain that followed the long dry spell. Drystock Specialist Martina Harrington has advice on the identification, management and treatment of the disease.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
Virtual Beef Week - What's on Tuesday
Virtual Beef Week - Dairy Calf to Beef Production Day 2 - Tuesday July 7th
Virtual Beef Week July 6th – 10th
Virtual Beef Week replaces the planned major Teagasc Beef 2020 Open Day, which was due to take place at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933.
Gurteen College Beef Farm Update
Currently the suckler beef unit at Gurteen College has 79 sucker cows and split calving with 43 spring calving cows and 36 autumn calving cows. The unit aims to educate students on the running of a sustainable drystock business.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland have published the first Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report. The report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019.
Finishing cattle at grass
During the next few months a considerable number of beef cattle will be slaughtered. If you are targeting to slaughter off grass Alan Dillon, Cattle Specialist has some useful advice.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Donal Keane
Donal and Frederique Keane, Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co Meath are organic suckler to beef and cereal farmers. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Donal.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Beef Week’
Teagasc are holding a ‘Virtual Beef Week’ from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July, to demonstrate best practice and communicate the latest research results relevant to beef farmers.‘
Summer Season – Keeping up with the Grass Plant!
Maintaining adequate high quality grass mid-season is the most cost effective way of achieving good animal performance - Anne O’Malley, Drystock Advisor in Ballina has some advice.