Beef Newsletter - June 2022
Catch up with the latest update and advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's Beef Newsletter which includes: Fertilising second-cut grass silage; BEEF2022; Research Update - Sward height and performance and Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
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In this month's edition:
- Fertilising second-cut grass silage
Second-cut silage will be an important crop on many farms in 2022 to build silage reserves for the coming winter. It is important to ensure that second-cut crops are fertilised adequately to provide a good yield of grass at harvest time.
We are delighted to invite all beef farmers and stakeholders in the Irish beef industry to BEEF2022, on Tuesday, July 5, at the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath, C15 PW93. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Supporting Sustainable Beef Farming’. More information is available on: www.teagasc.ie/beef2022
- Research Update - Sward height and performance
Peter Doyle, Edward O’Riordan, Mark McGee and Aidan Moloney examined the effect of post-grazing sward height on beef cattle performance. Despite the rising cost of fertiliser, grazed grass remains the cheapest food resource and, consequently, maximising individual animal liveweight gain (LWG) from pasture is still a key objective in grass-based beef production systems.
- Health & Safety - Keeping children safe on the farm
The health and safety of children is paramount on farms, especially during the busy summer months. In recent years, there has been an increase in children dying on farms. What can be done? Firstly, a farm childhood safety code of practice is available on the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) website, giving authoritative guidance. The Teagasc Jessy’s Smart Kids newsletter series for children can be downloaded from the Teagasc website.