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Virtual Beef Week - Suckler Beef Production

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A week long stream of videos, webinars and live events

Teagasc are holding a ‘Virtual Beef Week’ from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July, to communicate the latest research results relevant to beef farmers.

‘Building a Sustainable Irish Beef Sector’ is the theme for this virtual beef week, which will involve two webinars each day from Monday to Friday. This will be accompanied by a continuous stream of content through social media platforms. The Teagasc Virtual beef week is kindly sponsored by FBD Trust.

The Virtual Beef Week replaces the planned major Teagasc BEEF Open Day, Beef 2020 which was due to take place on 7th July at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland research and innovation centre, Grange, county Meath. Instead farmers will have the opportunity to access the latest research and knowledge through their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.


12pm - Beef Talk

Focusing on the Derrypatrick Herd at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre, in Grange County Meath, Monday mornings Beef Talk will look at how it achieves its breeding targets of 100% AI and a very compact calving.

Michael Mc Manus who manages the herd will discuss how this is achieved in practice.

Bernadette Earley will outline the animal health programme for the suckler herd, including the vaccination plan and the castration of male calves.

Alan Twomey will talk about differences between selecting on the basis of Replacement Index and the Terminal Index.

View the Beef Talk on Monday at 12pm on Teagasc Facebook

7pm - Live@Grange

On Monday evening, we’ll be coming to you live from Teagasc Grange with updates from the Suckler beef research at Teagasc Grange along with how it has been implemented at farm level.

David Kenny will talk about his research on Bull fertility and on synchronisation programmes that are being used to improve compact calving and the use of AI at farm level with video clips from farmers using the technology.

Frank O Sullivan, who is the Vet for Teagasc Grange, will discuss the practical steps farmers need to look at if they are to reduce their antibiotic use and the role of health planning on suckler farms.

Orla Keane will discuss her work on parasite control, anthelmintic resistance and where suckler farmers could improve. She will also look at how management might have to change if the legislation around anthelmintic availability and use changes.

Join the interactive livestream each evening at 7pm on www.teagasc.ie/virtualbeefweek

Social Media

Stay tuned to our social media channels throughout the day or search #VirtualBeefWeek for all information posted.  We’ll be dedicating this week to Teagasc Beef and will be posting videos and updates throughout each day.

On Monday, watch our social media channels and Teagasc Daily for videos and information on:

  • Getting Cows in for breeding;
  • Using Vasectomised Bulls;
  • Beep – Weighing, Meal Feeding Weanlings, Proper Vaccination Technique, Collecting Faecal Samples;
  • Grassland Management;
  • Key components in achieving 2 YO Calving;
  • Castration – Best Practice;
  • BDGP – Where to next?;
  • BRD clinical diagnosis – early detection;
  • BRD infectious diagnostics;
  • Improving Breeding Efficiency;
  • Practical Considerations in Health Planning
  • The future of Anthelmintic Use in the Suckler Herd

Along with video stories from farmers on how synchronisation has worked on their farm and reducing antibiotic use at farm level