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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/

    How my farm grows more grass?

    How my farm grows more grass?

    Sean Roddy, suckler farm manager of the Lyons Demesne farm Co. Kildare, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to discuss grassland management on his farm.
     
    Last Spring, Sean calved 90 stabiliser breed cows with all stock brought to finish at 18-20 months. By measuring grass on a weekly basis it allows him to utilise grass better. His main aim is to finish all progeny off grass with little or no concentrates.

    Sean’s excellent grazing management on the farm is evident in the high animal weight gain he can achieve from grass.

    Sean will be featuring as part of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week on Thursday 9th July at 7pm where he will also be joined on the panel by his Teagasc advisor Christy Watson and Edward O’Riordan, Teagasc Grange, and will be available for you to ask him questions facilitated by Beef Specialist Aidan Murray.

    For further details https://www.teagasc.ie/publications/2020/todays-farm-july-august-2020.php

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

    The Beef Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.

    • 12 min
    Overcoming the challenges to producing sustainable Irish beef

    Overcoming the challenges to producing sustainable Irish beef

    Producing Irish beef sustainably is important and poses many challenges as reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) is something farmers have heard about a lot lately, especially with agriculture accounting for 34% of Irish GHG emissions. 

    On this episode of the Beef Edge, Catherine Egan is joined by Prof Sinead Waters, Researcher in Teagasc Grange and Dr Dominika Krol, Researcher in Teagasc Johnstown Castle to find out more.

    One of the mitigation measures is protected urea as it reduces losses of both ammonia and Nitrous Oxide compared to conventional N fertilisers whilst consistently yielding as well as CAN and at similar cost. Dominika highlights the importance of the 4 Rs: Right fertiliser source, Right rate, Right time, Right place.
     
    Sinead discusses the preliminary findings one of the projects, RumenPredict, which is a collaboration with the ICBF in Tully, where they are studying methane emissions from large numbers of beef sucklers, and it suggests that reducing methane production enhances on-farm profitability.
     
    On July 8th, the day will be dedicated to ‘Sustainable Beef Production - Where policy meets practice’ as part of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week. The challenges and the solutions in improving water quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and maintaining and enhancing biodiversity will be discussed.  For more information click here.
     
    For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit:
    teagasc.ie/thebeefedge

    The Beef Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.

    • 22 min
    The current research findings in dairy calf to beef systems at Teagasc Johnstown Castle

    The current research findings in dairy calf to beef systems at Teagasc Johnstown Castle

    Since 2013 there has been research in dairy calf to beef systems in Teagasc Johnstown Castle and on this episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, Ruth Dunne, research technologist in Teagasc Johnstown Castle, joins Catherine Egan to discuss the current research findings.

    Ruth highlights how results from the previous production systems research have shown that systems where a high proportion of weight gain was achieved from grazed grass were the most profitable. Current trials are investigating optimum stocking rates for grass-based production systems.

    There are three ‘farmlets’ with three stocking rate intensities, high which is stocked at 3.2 LU/ha, medium at 2.9 LU/ha, and low at 2.6 LU/ha. Alongside this trial, there is also a sire evaluation trial in conjunction with ABP.

    The aim is to find the ideal bull that can achieve good calf growth rates and beef traits, while having the desirable easy calving and short gestation traits. Ruth also discusses current performance on farm and how she is coping with current weather conditions.

    Ruth will be featuring in the Dairy Calf to Beef Day as part of the Teagasc Beef virtual week on the 7th July to discuss the trials in Johnstown Castle and how to optimise stocking densities on farms. For further details about the Teagasc Beef Virtual Week click here.

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

    The Beef Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.

    • 12 min
    What are the main parasites to be aware of at the moment?

    What are the main parasites to be aware of at the moment?

    Grazing cattle are naturally exposed to gut worms (gastrointestinal nematodes). A large number of different gut worm species can infect cattle but most follow a similar life cycle with both free-living and parasitic phases.

    On this episode of the Beef Edge Podcast Dr.Orla Keane, Researcher at Teagasc Grange, joins Catherine Egan to discuss anthelmintic usage on beef farms.

    • 17 min
    How to deal with the current drought conditions on farms

    How to deal with the current drought conditions on farms

    Soil moisture deficits (SMD) are really impacting on grass growth in many areas of the country, however it is variable across the country and even within farms.

    John Maher, Grass10 Campaign Manager joins Catherine Egan to discuss actions farmers need to take with current drought conditions on farms.

    • 20 min
    An update from Kildalton College on the breeding season to date

    An update from Kildalton College on the breeding season to date

    Kildalton College is the largest agricultural college in the country. Situated in the village of Piltown, Co Kilkenny in the picturesque Suir valley, 26 kilometres from Waterford city, it is a leading provider of training in Equine Studies, Machinery, Agriculture and Horticulture. John O'Connor, Kildalton College Beef farm manager, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to give an update on the breeding season to date.

    • 15 min

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