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Beef Newsletter - February 2021

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Early spring nitrogen; BEAM -5%; Spring rotation planner; Grazing courses 2021; Research update - More space for more weight; & Health & Safety - Review your risk assessment.

View Beef Newsletter - February 2021 here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Early spring nitrogen
    Beef farms with medium to high stocking rates and on dry land will be looking to get cattle out and their first round of nitrogen (N) spread over the coming weeks. However, while early N applications are beneficial, the incorrect application of fertiliser is wasteful, costly, pollutes water and increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
  • BEAM -5%
    Over 32,000 farmers signed up in 2019 to the Beef Emergency Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme. Compensation payments were made to these farmers on the condition that they met the 5% reduction in organic nitrogen (N) requirement which must take place from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 
  • Spring rotation planner
    Have you started to plan your first grazing rotation of 2021? If not, February is the month to do just that and if the weather and ground conditions allow, you may even start it over the coming weeks.
  • Grazing courses 2021
    The Teagasc Grass10 team, along with their colleagues in the local advisory offices, is running grazing courses again in 2021.
  • Research update - More space for more weight
    Bernadette Earley, Mark McGee and Edward O’Riordan of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath, have examined performance and welfare of steers housed on concrete slatted floors at fixed and dynamic space allowances.
  • Health & Safety - Review your risk assessment
    February brings an increase in workload and associated risk to the farm. In 2020, 19 farm workplace deaths occurred, three in the childhood, six in the 17-64 years, and 10 in the 65 year old or higher age categories.