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TResearch: Spring 2009

Teagasc Research Magazine - Spring Edition 2009 Bioencapsulation – creating a safe haven for sensitive ingredients Banking on DNA Climate change and agriculture Twin global insecurities: food and energy

01 February 2009
48 Pages
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Producing high quality carcasses from grass-based suckler beef systems

Suckler cow numbers in Ireland have almost trebled over the last twenty-five years reaching 1.18 million in 2008 or 52% of the total cow population (Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (DAFF), 2004 and 2008). Total cattle disposals in 2007 were 1.98 million of which, 1.77 million were slaughtered in Ireland and 0.21 million were exported live (Bord Bia, 2008). Thus, most cattle are slaughtered in Ireland with the number exported as live animals varying in recent years from a high of 0.40 million in 2000 to a low of 0.10 million in 2001. Total beef output was 578,000 tonne of carcass weight equivalent in 2007 of which, 85% was exported.

01 January 2009
80 Pages