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Virtual Beef Week - 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 

On the third day of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week, ‘Sustainable Beef Production - Where policy meets practice’ is the theme.

In the morning Teagasc Beef Talk webinar, Paul Crosson, Teagasc Beef Enterprise leader, will provide an overview of the situation in Ireland, in terms of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the options that farmers can take to reduce the footprint of their business.

John Finn, from Teagasc Johnstown Castle will give a brief overview of the current status of Irish habitats and will outline simple easy steps every farmer can take to improve biodiversity on their farm.

Sinead Waters, Teagasc Grange, will present the research work on-going in Teagasc, and in collaboration with Irish Cattle Breeding Federation and with researchers around the world, on ways to reduce GHG and Methane emissions from Irish agriculture.

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 focus on sustainable beef production.

Mark Plunkett will talk about the practical steps farmers can take to reduce Ammonia emissions, such as using protected urea and using low emissions slurry application methods.

Mike Egan, Teagasc Grassland researcher will show how White Clover can be incorporated into grass systems for beef production and how artificial fertiliser use can be lowered.  

Andrew Crombie from ICBF will talk about the contribution good genetics and breeding can contribute to sustainable beef production.

Eddie Burgess from the Agricultural Catchments Programme will provide an update on water quality and on what simple measures farmers can take to improve water quality.

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 the entire week to Teagasc Beef and will be posting videos and updates throughout each day.

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

  • GHG focussing on Methane
  • Ammonia – What is it and how can we reduce emissions
  • Biodiversity – What we have learned on the BRIDE Project. Water Quality – Catchments programme
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration, What is it and how can I increase mine
  • Land Use
  • Clover
  • Mixed species swards