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Teagasc Beef Conference

Pictured at the launch of the Teagasc National Beef Conference sponsored by Zoetis on “Applying Technologies to Sustain Profitability which takes place in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on 13th October are Aidan Murray, Teagasc, Anselm Fitzgerald, Zoetis, Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director & Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Manager Roscommon/Longford. Photo O'Gorman Photography.

Applying Technologies to Sustain Profitability” is the theme for the Teagasc National Beef Conference, which is taking place in Athlone, County Westmeath, on Tuesday, 13 October.

The conference, which is organised by Teagasc and sponsored by Zoetis, will focus on the technologies that best offer beef farmers the most profitable and sustainable future going forward.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Pearse Kelly, Head of Drystock Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc, said: “Given the volatile nature of markets, farmers need to focus on the levels of efficiency being achieved inside their own farm gate. Speakers at the conference will outline the practical steps that beef producers can implement on their own farms. The latest knowledge and information from the Teagasc research and demonstration farms will be available.”

Achieving a high level of breeding performance in the suckler herd will be explored in the first session on the day. The new Beef Data and Genomics Programme is a significant step forward in helping farmers to improve their own herds. The use of Artificial Insemination and the selection of replacement stock based on their breeding values will help to deliver progress. The second session examines opportunities for optimising the performance of cattle finishing systems to leave a greater return to the primary producer. With feed costs accounting for a large proportion of overall costs on farms maximising the amount of grass in the lifetime diet of cattle is a priority.

Through discussion groups, beef farmers are coming together to discuss and implement practices on farms that will make them more profitable. The proceedings from the conference will provide the information base from which informed discussion and decisions can be taken. The conference runs from 3pm to 8pm. The full conference programme can be viewed at National_Beef_Conference_web