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Virtual Beef Week July 6th – 10th

29 June 2020
Type Media Article

Virtual Beef Week replaces the planned major Teagasc Beef 2020 Open Day, which was due to take place at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath. Due to COVID-19 farmers will now have the opportunity to access the latest research and knowledge through their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.

Building a Sustainable Irish Beef Sector

Each day will involve two streamed broadcasts,

  1. BeefTalk at 12 midday
  2. Live@Grange at 7 pm

This will be accompanied by a continuous stream of content through social media platforms.

Day 1 Monday July 6th 

Beef Talk - 12 noon

The first day will focus on the Derrypatrick Herd at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre, in Grange County Meath, Monday mornings Beef Talk will look at how it achieves its breeding targets of 100% AI and a very compact calving.

  • Michael Mc Manus who manages the herd will discuss how this is achieved in practice.
  • Bernadette Earley will outline the animal health programme for the suckler herd, including the vaccination plan and the castration of male calves.
  • Alan Twomey will talk about differences between selecting on the basis of Replacement Index and the Terminal Index.

View the Beef Talk on Monday at 12pm on Teagasc Facebook

Live@Grange - 7pm

Monday evening will see the first live transmission from Grange. There will be updates from the Suckler beef research at Teagasc Grange along with how it has been implemented at farm level.

  • David Kenny will talk about his research on Bull fertility and on synchronisation programmes that are being used to improve compact calving and the use of AI at farm level with video clips from farmers using the technology.
  • Frank O Sullivan, who is the Vet for Teagasc Grange, will discuss the practical steps farmers need to look at if they are to reduce their antibiotic use and the role of health planning on suckler farms.
  • Orla Keane will discuss her work on parasite control, anthelmintic resistance and where suckler farmers could improve. She will also look at how management might have to change if the legislation around anthelmintic availability and use changes.

Join the interactive livestream each evening at 7pm on www.teagasc.ie/virtualbeefweek

The Teagasc Virtual beef week is kindly sponsored by FBD Trust.