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Ten-Point Action Plan on supporting Dairy Calf to Beef Systems in Ireland

18 January 2024
Type Booklet

Stakeholder Consultation on actions based on Breeding, Communications, Knowledge Transfer and Promotion

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Key stakeholders in the dairy and beef sectors gathered in Portlaoise on January 18th, for a seminar on dairy calf to beef, and the launch of a consultation process on a draft action plan for the dairy beef industry.

This action plan has been developed in support of Food Vision 2030, in particular Action 1 - Promote greater integration of dairy and beef sectors especially in relation to the production of beef coming from the dairy sector and Action 13 - Develop and support dairy beef systems -  of Mission 2 – Goal 1 - Viable and Resilient Primary Producers, with Enhanced Well Being.

The Calf Stakeholder Forum continues to promote several initiatives to improve calf welfare on dairy farms. The quality of the calf leaving the dairy farm remains the key factor in developing a sustainable dairy beef system, and must be a key priority for all stakeholders.

The draft action points outlined below identify actions that can be undertaken at farm level on both beef and dairy farms and at processing level that will ensure optimal calf health and welfare, and will facilitate greater uptake of dairy calf to beef systems.

It is intended that the Ten-Point Action Plan will be published in February.

Stakeholders are requested to reply with suggested changes/edits to the draft document to:
dairybeefactionplan@agriculture.gov.ie no later than Friday 9th February.

The draft Action Plan can be downloaded as a pdf above. Read in webpage format at this link Stakeholder Consultation Ten-Point Action Plan on supporting Dairy Calf to Beef Systems in Ireland

Dr. Nicky Byrne, Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick, Dr. Paul Crosson, Jamie O’ Driscoll and Alan Dillon presented at the event.

Download the presentation:

Dairy Calf to Beef Action Plan (pdf)