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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.

View it here - Beef Newsletter - January 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • 15 steps to prepare for calving season
    Most suckler farmers will begin their calving season in late January/early February. It can be a time of stress on both the animal and the farmer. However, with some preparation we can reduce this stress.
  • Has your winter housing dose worked?
    Every year we talk endlessly about what parasites need to be controlled at housing, the cost to the system of not controlling them, and the best mix of products to use. We also discuss the prevalence of anthelminthic resistance in fluke and worms in Ireland. However, how often do we check that our chosen products have worked? 
  • BDGP extended for one year – closing date January 15
    At the time of printing, the closing date for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) extension is 5.00pm on January 15. This extension is open to those BDGP participants who have already met the requirements for the full six-year duration of the BDGP (2015-2020).
  • Teagasc re-launches the Let’s Talk Cattle and Sheep webinar series
    Teagasc will re-launch the Let’s Talk Cattle and Sheep webinar series in January 2021. This webinar will feature presentations and interviews with various specialists on up-to date topics relating to beef production.
  • 50th episode of the Beef Edge podcast
    Congratulations to Catherine Egan and the Beef Edge podcast team on a great year’s work.
  • Research update - High prevalence of liver fluke in 2020
    Liver fluke disease has a high prevalence in Irish cattle, and appropriate treatment is essential, says Dr Orla Keane of Teagasc Grange.
  • Health & Safety - Health is wealth
    Put health at the top of your agenda for 2021. A major Irish study completed in 2020 found that 74% of farmers have four or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which increases the chance of having a stroke or heart attack threefold compared to those with fewer risk factors. View the report here