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The Beef Edge is Teagasc’s podcast for all the latest news, information and advice for Irish beef farmers, presented by Catherine Egan.

Visit the show page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/beef/the-beef-edge-podcast/

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The Beef Edge is Teagasc’s podcast for all the latest news, information and advice for Irish beef farmers, presented by Catherine Egan.

Visit the show page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/beef/the-beef-edge-podcast/

    The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help

    The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help

    From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. They are not just a statistic, they are a valued family member. Each time we hear of a farm accident every farmer stops for a minute as we are all connected through the farming community.

    On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.

    Embrace FARM creates friendships with those who are in the same situation and talking to them helps because there is a since of understanding what each one is going through.

    Norma outlines how an accident not only affects the person who has been injured but also their immediate family, home and community. Embrace FARM offer a special support group for farm accident survivors and remembers those who have lost their lives, have been injured, supports survivors of farm accidents, their family members, friends and the wider community

    Embrace FARM also published a very detailed booklet in conjunction with the Farmers Journal in June, 2020, Building a Community of Support which can be read here:
    https://embracefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/embrace_supplement_complete_LR.pdf

    Each year Embrace FARM holds a Remembrance Service in memory of those who lost their lives in farm accidents. Due to Covid-19 unfortunately this had to take place virtually. To view it click here:
    https://youtu.be/kPL5MZNwK2k

    Further information got to EmbraceFarm.com

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 12 min
    The Farm Systems and Courses on Offer at Gurteen College

    The Farm Systems and Courses on Offer at Gurteen College

    Gurteen College Beef Lecturer, Peter Grogan, and Drystock Farm Manager, Gerard Carey, give an overview of Gurteen College, the farm systems operated and what it has to offer students on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast.

    Gerard gives an overview of the Autumn & Spring calving suckler herd, their beef finishing systems, and the dairy calf to beef enterprise along with the contract rearing of the heifers from the dairy herd.

    Peter gives an outline of the courses offered at Gurteen College and highlights the importance of putting classroom theory into practice on the farm which gives students the opportunity to gain practical hands-on learning and experience in many areas including working with animals, farm maintenance skills and machinery operation as well as developing essential critical thinking skills setting up students for success in their future farming careers.

    For further information on the college visit:
    https://gurteencollege.ie/

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 21 min
    What ration do I need to feed?

    What ration do I need to feed?

    With consistent rainfall over the past ten days, a lot of cattle have been housed around the country. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Nutritionist Joe Patton outlines a number of factors farmers should consider now at housing.

    As feed accounts for over 75% of variable costs on most beef farms, Joe highlights the results from the Teagasc fodder survey and tips to reduce costs this winter.

    Testing silage is very important to give an indication what ration is required. Joe advised the target of 20kg live weight gain per weanling per month (0.6kg/hd/day).

    Joe also outlines that the nutrient content of the compound feed is more critical than the individual ingredients that make up the compound feed.

    Watch more from Joe here:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/publications/2020/want-50kg-more-winter-weight-gain-for-no-extra-cost-cut-silage-in-may-instead-of-june.php

    For further information:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/daily/beef/choosing-a-concentrate-type-for-finishing.php

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 18 min
    The Beef Edge Masterclass Series: JP Hammersley’s Dairy Calf to Steer System

    The Beef Edge Masterclass Series: JP Hammersley’s Dairy Calf to Steer System

    In this second of a regular monthly 'Beef Edge Masterclass’ series from expert farmers on the Beef Edge podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by JP Hammersley a farmer in Lattin, Co. Tipperary.

    JP explains his system whereby British Friesian bull calves are brought to beef as steers at 24 & 28 months. Calves are purchased from one local dairy farmer at 4 weeks of age and arrive in batches of 12. This has worked well for JP over the years, as he knows he’s buying a healthy calf from a known source. A paddock system, consisting of 45 paddocks, has also been installed for the three grazing groups.

    A considerable amount of re-seeding has also been completed. Cattle are weighed three times during the year – turnout, mid-season, and housing. The aim is to get animals heavy enough to produce a 320kg carcass at 24 months and a 350kg carcass at 28 months.

    See JP on farm as featured as part of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week:
    https://youtu.be/O8tILuIhKdg

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 20 min
    Building Up Your Mental Resilience in These Times

    Building Up Your Mental Resilience in These Times

    In light of the Covid–19 restrictions Dr. Noel Richardson, Director National Centre for Men’s Health , IT Carlow, has some tips on mental and physical well-being on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast.

    Farmers are very resilient on a daily basis but at times there can be pressure and stress. Farmers were very busy during the first lockdown with calving and lambing etc. but it’s different coming into the winter time. There is lots we can still do to help each other out even though we are apart.

    Services Available:
    - Consult your G.P. regularly.
    - Teagasc and Farm Consultants are available to farmers nationally to advise on farm management issues. Farming organisations also offer services to their members.
    - A range of both Local and National Support Groups are available.
    - The Samaritans can be contacted at 1850 60 90 90. Their website http://www.samaritans.org gives a list of support agencies.
    - St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin provides a Support & Information Service staffed by experienced mental health nurses 9-5 Monday to Friday with an answering and call-back facility outside hours. You can contact the Support & Information service by calling 01 249 3333.

    For further information, the following booklets can also be downloaded:
    - Positive Mental Health in Farming
    https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2018/Positive-Mental-Health-in-Farming.pdf

    - Staying Fit for Farming – A Health Booklet for Farmers
    https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2012/StayingFitForFarming.pdf

    - Coping with the Pressures of Farming
    https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2018/Coping-with-the-pressures-of-farming.pdf

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 16 min
    Effective Parasite Control at Housing

    Effective Parasite Control at Housing

    Martina Harrington joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an overview of parasite control at housing.

    Housing is one of the best times of the year for treating cattle against some of the more common internal and external parasites.

    However, products vary in price, in what they control and in how they are given to the animal. Martina outlined what parasites should be controlled at housing.

    She highlighted that farmers need to be aware of resistance issues on farm and withdrawal periods when selecting and administering a particular product.

    As fluke and lice are the two major concerns for housing on many farms, Martina discussed control options. However, dosing correctly means using the right product, at the right time, using the correct dose rate and administering it the right way.

    Farmers in BEEP- S that selected action 3 to send in faecal samples to the approved laboratory must reach the lab before the 1st November to comply with this action. A list of the approved labs is available here:
    https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/farmingschemesandpayments/beep/RevisedApprovedLaboratorieslist08052020.pdf

    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    • 15 min

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