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Beef Newsletter - November 2020

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Closing up paddocks until spring; drafting dairy-bred steers off grass; The Beef Edge podcast; Research Update - Performance evaluation; and controlling fluke effectively.

View it here: Beef Newsletter - November 2020 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Teagasc Virtual Beef Conference
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Teagasc Beef Conference 2020 will take place online over three evenings from Tuesday, December 1 to Thursday, December 3 at 8.00pm. More details will be made available closer to the time from your local Teagasc advisor.
  • Closing up paddocks until spring
    About two-thirds of the grass grazed in spring (February/March) is grass that grew during October/early November. Therefore, it is essential that the fields/paddocks closed during October are not grazed in November and stay closed until spring.
  • Drafting dairy-bred steers off grass
    Farming in Myshall, Co. Carlow, Shane Cranny operates a system where autumn-born calves are purchased and carried to beef as steers at 22-24 months of age. The ability to move animals to slaughter before housing was a key driver in the decision to enter this system and a mixture of steers were targeted for slaughter this autumn.
  • The Beef Edge podcast
    Tune in to hear the latest episode from Green Acres programme participant JP Hammersley, Co. Tipperary, where he discusses his dairy calf-to-steer system in detail, as part of the ‘Beef Masterclass Series’.
  • Research Update - Performance evaluation
    Michael McManus and Paul Crosson, Teagasc Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath report on the performance of the progeny of sires divergent in maternal traits in the Derrypatrick Herd.
  • Controlling fluke effectively
    Fluke are some of the most common internal parasites found in cattle. There are a huge number of products effective at killing them. Farmers have been aware of the parasites for decades and most treat their cattle at housing for them.
  • Health & Safety - Prevent musculoskeletal disorders
    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, discs and bones.