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Beef 2014 - Teagasc Open Day

A major Teagasc open day, Beef 2014 will take place on Wednesday 18th June in the Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath. The ‘Business of Cattle’ is the theme for the event and will address all the elements required for profitable and successful beef farming in both suckler and calf to beef systems. All the main participants in the industry are coming together such as ICBF, AHI, DAFM, Bord Bia, UCD, meat industry representatives, cattle breed societies and the Farmers Journal to focus on the technologies that can be applied to help beef farmers achieve a profitable farming business.

At Beef 2014 in June, there will be an opportunity to see stands on: suckler beef systems; calf to beef options; high performance from pasture; exploiting genetics; achieving compact calving and herd health planning. The main systems of production, outlining target outputs per hectare and the key drivers of profit will be discussed. The best strategies to help farmers to maximise on-farm efficiencies, through lowering input costs and increasing output, so as to leave a better margin will be discussed.

Technology Villages
There will be villages with all the latest information including; new technologies; grassland demonstration; animal health; sustainable farm environment; producing and marketing quality beef and indoor feeding options. Participants from the Teagasc/Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef Programme will also be present to outline their experiences of the practical application of technologies on their commercial farms.

Discussion Forum
A forum on “My Future in Beef” will include leading beef farmers on how they are planning their future as beef producers. They will talk about their individual farming operations and the steps taken to a profitable and competitive beef business. The forum, which is sponsored by FBD Trust, will take place at the end of the open day.

Business management including CAP will be covered including information on succession planning, collaborative farming arrangements, business planning and eprofit monitor. DAFM staff and Teagasc advisers will be available to deal with queries on CAP. Advisory and Education Services.

The Open Day runs from 10.30am to 4.00pm and is a BTAP qualifying event.