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Beef Newsletter - August 2021

This month's Beef Newsletter includes information on: Early-maturing animal finishing options; Research Update - Dairy calf-to-beef performance; Climate actions for August; and Health & Safety - Beware of moving machinery.

View it here: Teagasc Beef Newsletter - August 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Early-maturing animal finishing options
    Slaughtering cattle off grass at the end of the second grazing season is an efficient system that can be implemented on farm with early-maturing calf-to-beef heifers, and similarly with their steer comrades who are advanced enough at this stage of the year.
  • Research Update - Dairy calf-to-beef performance
    Nicky Byrne, Donall Fahy and Anthony Mulligan of AGRIC, Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath report on the evaluation of the Grange dairy calf-to-beef system. From 2018 to 2020, Teagasc Grange compared the physical and financial performance of three dairy-beef genetic groups. They consisted of male Holstein Friesian (HF) and two Angus (AAX) groups, representing the main calf breeds coming from the dairy herd.
  • Climate actions for August
    • August is a good month to sort out deficits in grazing infrastructure to optimise days at grass, if your capital expenditure budgets allow
    • Consider collecting and returning faecal samples to a DAFM approved lab if you have selected this task in BEEP-S
    • Extra grazing days in the autumn are achieved by building grass cover during August
    • If feeding ration at greass - feed maximum 12-14% crude protein
    • Build autumn grass by spreading 20-25 kn N/ha using protected urea in August, when you get the best response in grass growth
    • Empty your slurry tanks
  • Health & Safety - Beware of moving machinery
    August is harvest month and a lot of machinery is moving on farms and public roads, including trailers, balers and silage gear. Movement brings danger, particularly to bystanders, including children and older farmers.