Beef Newsletter - May 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Silage quality to the forefront; Research Update - Is your bull fertile?; Planning for early silage; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.
View it here: Beef Newsletter - May 2021 (PDF)
In this month's edition:
- Silage quality to the forefront
Silage typically makes up over 30% of the diet across a beef animal’s life and often a much higher percentage in heavier type soils or in years when poor weather hits. Therefore, it is essential that for farmers with autumn-calving cows, weanlings, stores or finishing cattle, that silage is fertilised and harvested at the optimum time to ensure lower cost levels of weight gain over the winter period.
- Research Update - Is your bull fertile?
Bull breeding soundness evaluations are helping to identify infertile bulls earlier, but discovering if a bull is subfertile requires another approach. Teagasc, together with University College Dublin and the University of Limerick, are studying various aspects of bull fertility as part of a large Science Foundation Ireland-funded project.
- Planning for early silage
As is the case with all of the participant farms in the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme, Jarlath Ruane from Claremorris, Co. Mayo is planning on harvesting his first-cut silage crop in the coming weeks. The plan is to harvest the crop as early in the second half of May as weather permits.
- Health & Safety - Silage safety
May is the month when grass growth ramps up and silage is made. It is a high-risk month and it is important to give safety your first priority.