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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.

View the December Newsletter here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Lice management of housed cattle
    By now all categories of stock will have been housed due to persistent rain, while fluke and worm treatments will have been given. Lice treatment is usually carried out at housing but repeat treatment is necessary in many cases.
  • Research Update - Growth in focus
    Mark McGee of Teagasc Grange reports on the optimum growth rate for weanling beef cattle during the winter housing period. To reduce feed costs and exploit subsequent compensatory (“catch-up”) growth at pasture during the following grazing season, a liveweight gain of 0.5-0.6kg/day through the first winter is acceptable for weanling steers and heifers (and suckler bulls). 
  • Calf weights 2020
    Irvine Allen is a participant in the Teagasc Green Acres Calf-to-Beef Programme and farms near Moate, Co. Westmeath. He runs a Friesian steer system, killing cattle at 24-30 months of age. This year Irvine reared 109 spring-born calves and has been tracking their performance throughout the grazing season through regular weighing.
  • The Beef Edge podcast
    Presented by Catherine Egan, the podcasts cover the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance. 
  • Health & Safety - Prevent fire deaths in the home
    Deaths due to fire are a source of tragedy in farmhouses. An Irish Health Research Board (HRB) study has shown that farmers and agricultural workers account for 20% of fire deaths nationally.