Beef Newsletter - February 2024
01 February 2024
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In this month's edition:
- Fertiliser and slurry use
Early nitrogen (N) is beneficial for spring growth, but timing is critical. We cannot waste N because of its cost and potential environmental impact.
- Research Update - Cow-calf bond development
Noeleen Brereton, Mark McGee, Colin Byrne and Bernadette Earley report on the effect of suckler cow breed type and parity on the development of the cow-calf bond post partum and its relationship with calf passive immunity.
- SCEP reference for 2024
Within the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) you can alter your yearly reference number. You may want to reduce the 2023 figure by
up to 20%.
- Health and Safety - Slurry safety
February brings an increase in workload and associated risk. Slurry spreading presents two particular safety problems – drowning and gas poisoning. Drowning is by far the most common cause of slurry death. Only agitate where there is good air movement.