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Virtual Beef Week - Grass Management for Sustainable 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

‘Building resilience within your grass based system’ is the theme for Thursday morning’s Teagasc Beef Talk webinar which commences at 12pm.

Mark McGee will discuss the feeding during the 1st winter, looking at silage and concentrate feeding, target Average Daily Gain, and compensatory growth.

John Watchorn, County Wexford store-to-finish beef farmer and Beef Grassland Farmer of the year 2018 along with suckler farmer Sean Roddy, County  Kildare will outline how they manage their grassland in practice.  John will provide an overview of his grass-based beef system and will discuss key ways to build resilience on your farm, including winter-feeding and grazing management.

Catherine Egan will discuss the 2nd grazing season for cattle.

View the Beef Talk webinar on Tuesday at 12pm on Teagasc Facebook

7pm  Live@Grange

The live panel discussion from Teagasc Grange at 7pm will have a focus on growing and utilising more grass.

In an evening live panel discussion entitled ‘How my farm grows more grass?’ suckler farmer Sean Roddy from County Kildare will be available for you to ask him questions facilitated by Aidan Murray.

Sean will be joined on the panel by his Teagasc advisor Christy Watson, Edward O’Riordan, Teagasc Grange and John Maher, Grass 10 Manager.

Join the 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.  We’ll be dedicating this week to Teagasc Beef and will be posting videos and updates throughout each day

On Thursday, watch our social media channels and Teagasc Daily for videos and information on;

  • Silage Quality: Joe Patton
  • Animal Health at grass – Parasites: Orla Keane
  • Cattle performance at grass - Grange 2020: Eddie O’Riordan
  •  Grass 10 farmer of year 2019: Sligo: Trevor Boland
  • Grass 10 Course farmer: Mayo: Cathal Irwin

During the day technical updates on various aspects of cattle management, and videos with a selection of farmers around the country discussing how they manage grass on their farms, will be provided.