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National Beef Conference

Event Time 6pm
Venue Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Eircode: H53 F5P9
“Profitable Pathways to Sustainable Beef Farming”

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The Teagasc National Beef Conference 2022 will take place on Tuesday, 13th December in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, H53 F5P9 at 6pm. The theme of the conference is “Profitable Pathways to Sustainable Beef Farming”.


6pm  -  Welcome
Pat Clarke, Teagasc Regional Manager, Galway

6:10pm  -  Opening Address
Professor Frank O’Mara, Teagasc Director

Key enablers to improving profitability on beef farms

Chaired by: Trevor Boland, Teagasc Future Beef Programme Participant

6:20pm  -  Assessing the potential to improve key profit drivers on beef farms
Dr Paul Crosson, Beef Enterprise Leader, Teagasc Grange

6:45pm  -  Abattoir lesions in cattle are associated with an increased age at slaughter
Dr Natascha Meunier, Programme Manager Beef HealthCheck, Animal Health Ireland

7:10pm  -  Reducing the age at first calving for suckler heifers – a key profit driver for beef farms
Dr Colin Byrne, Beef Researcher, Teagasc Grange
Shane Keaveny, Future Beef Farmer, Co. Roscommon

7:35pm  -  Has red clover a role in your beef production system?
Dr Nicky Byrne & Dr Peter Doyle, Beef Researchers, Teagasc Grange
Martin Connolly, DairyBeef 500 Farmer, Co. Roscommon

‘Delivering sustainability at farm level’

Panel Discussion       
Facilitated by Matt O’Keeffe, Irish Farmers Monthly

Topics and panel participants 

  • Current research and the potential of feed additives to reduce methane emissions
    Professor Sinead Waters, Teagasc
  • Protected Urea/LESS/ Anaerobic Digestion research results
    Dr Dominika Krol, Teagasc
  • How improved breeding can help to reduce emissions from the Irish beef herd
    Dr Andrew Cromie, ICBF
  • What measures are Irish beef farmers taking up to make them more sustainable, and what more can they do?
    Pearse Kelly, Teagasc

9pm  -  Close of Conference
Professor Pat Dillon, Director of Research, Teagasc