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Beef Newsletter - February 2024

01 February 2024
Type Newsletter

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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.