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Teagasc Suckler Beef Open Day at Grange

Teagasc is holding a major Suckler Beef Open Day at its beef research centre in Grange, County Meath on Tuesday, 15 June. Farmers will have the first opportunity to visit the new Suckler Beef Research Demonstration Farm “Derrypatrick Herd” which was set up in 2009. With an ambitious financial target of achieving a gross margin of €1,000 per hectare on the unit, the open day will provide an opportunity for beef producers from all over the country to examine and discuss the key technical steps for achieving this target.

Announcing details of the event, Teagasc beef research enterprise leader, Dr Edward O Riordan said: “All cattle producers are welcome to come and see the new 120-cow herd with calves at foot, which will be on display, and review the details of the physical and financial targets, and the systems blueprints being operated at Grange. Four cow breed types, reflecting the make up of the majority of cows in the national herd, are being evaluated, bringing a practical relevance for all beef producers.”

Teagasc beef specialist Bernard Smyth said: “Reproductive performance and grazing management are two areas beef producers could target to increase profitability on their own farms. Analyses of profit monitor results and the practical experience from the BETTER farm beef programme show a gap in performance between those utilising all the available technologies and those who are not. The beef open day in Grange on 15 June will provide an opportunity for all interested in the beef industry to examine the economics of different beef production systems.”