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Beef Newsletter - June 2021

This month's Teagasc Beef newsletter has information on: BDGP warning; Fertilising second-cut grass silage; Green Acres – calf data; Research update - Grass-fed suckler beef; and Health & Safety - Keep yourself and children safe.

View it here: Beef Newsletter - June 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • BDGP warning
    For anyone who added the extra year to Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP I) in 2021 or those that entered BDGP II in 2017, you must meet the requirements by June 30.
  • Fertilising second-cut grass silage
    Second-cut silage is planned on many farms to replenish silage reserves for the coming winter. This crop tends to be lower yielding compared to first-cut silage. Where first cut has been taken, it is important that second-cut crops are fertilised adequately to ensure a good yield of grass.
  • Green Acres – calf data
    Sourcing and purchasing the correct calf at an appropriate price is critical to the success of calf to beef systems. An over-expensive outlay on day one of the production cycle can add pressure in terms of making a margin at slaughter.
  • RESEARCH UPDATE - Grass-fed suckler beef 
    Edward G. O’Riordan, Peter Doyle, Mark McGee and Aidan Moloney of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange examined yearling performance at pasture in 2020 at Grange. Spring-born suckler steers and heifer yearlings, out of both early- and late-maturing sires, were turned out to pasture on April 6 and rotationally grazed, on perennial ryegrass dominant swards (over twenty years old) for 207 days.
  • Health & Safety - Keep yourself and children safe
    Farm workplace deaths have reduced in the four months to April 2021, with two fatalities reported. It is likely that there are more persons available to assist with farm work due to the Covid-19 lockdown, which may have helped with the injury reduction. This month we include a children’s safety newsletter, Jessy's Smart Kids. Check it out here