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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/

    What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?

    What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?

    Last week the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advised farmers that the application process for the 2021 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the Greening Scheme has now opened online.

    Over the past few days, farmers have been receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing maps and land details and on this week’s Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell, joins Catherine Egan to discuss all you need to know about your basic payment application online form.

    James went through all elements of the Direct Payments Schemes (BPS, Greening, Young Farmers Scheme, National Reserve, transferring of entitlements, and the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme).

    The closing date for BPS applications in 2021 is Monday 17th May and with Covid-19 restrictions, applications will be completed over the phone with your advisor. He advised farmers to check through maps and applications before and after the appointment.

    James urges farmers to avail of the early opening of the application process now rather than waiting until nearer the closing date.

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

    • 23 min
    How to reduce your fertiliser costs in 2021

    How to reduce your fertiliser costs in 2021

    If you want to reduce fertiliser bills on your farm, listen to this week’s Beef Edge podcast with Teagasc specialist Mark Plunkett joining Catherine Egan for top tips and advice

    Mark advises that the starting point on every farm is to have up to date soil sample results. In 2019 , there were 7,863 samples taken on drystock farms. These results show that 18% of these soils are optimum for lime, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

    Once samples are taken a nutrient management plan can be developed for the farm to ensure that fertiliser is applied efficiently. Certain paddocks on the farm can be targeted with lime , slurry and fertiliser as needed. Initially the pH status should be corrected to ensure that nutrients applied are utilised efficiently.

    Slurry is a valuable source of P and particularly K. 1,000 gallons of slurry is equivalent to a bag of 9-5-32. Mark advises that it should be targeted to silage ground which will help build P & K as cheaply as possible and reduce fertiliser costs for the silage crop.

    Based on soil samples fertiliser can be sourced by pricing around for the best value and using the correct rate and amount particularly for compound fertilisers e.g 18-6-12.

    For further information:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/soil--soil-fertility/soil-analysis/

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

    • 9 min
    The Beef Edge Masterclass with James Madigan

    The Beef Edge Masterclass with James Madigan

    James Madigan, a suckler farmer from Co. Kilkenny, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast for the latest in the show’s Masterclass series.

    James outlines his suckling to finishing system with bulls finished under 16 months and heifers under 20 months and he describes how he operates a split calving 50/50 spring and autumn calving herd with 100 cows put to the bull.

    The spring herd calves December-March and the autumn herd calves in August/September. He achieves great weight gain in his stock up to weaning and credits it due to the grass and milk in his cows.

    There are three Charolais stock bulls on the farm of which two are terminal and one is maternal. He breeds his own replacement heifers and purchases limousin cross from the dairy herd.

    James outlines the key targets he has to achieve to finish bulls under 16 months. This year’s weanlings achieved 0.54kg/head/day for the first two months at housing.

    James also highlights that achieving excellent quality silage is necessary to reduce cost and to ensure he makes a profit with 76DMD silage made last year. The type of cow on the farm is also essential to provide top quality stock that meet the spec requirements while having milk to rear the calf. James insists ‘Look after the cow and she’ll look after you.’

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

    • 18 min
    The key tips for caring for the newborn calf

    The key tips for caring for the newborn calf

    Calving the suckler cow and caring for the new born calf are important tasks on every spring suckler herd in the coming weeks and for the second in a two-part interview, vet Tommy Heffernan joins Catherine Egan to discuss the key tips for caring for the newborn calf.

    Tommy first outlines how building the immunity of the calf is important through quality colostrum and describes the 1-2-3 rule of colostrum and how to administer it with a stomach tube if necessary.

    Hygiene is also very important and use of adequate amounts of straw is a big help. Treating the calf’s navel is the first point to avoid issues of infection and Tommy discusses the types and treatments of calf scour particularly Cryptosporidium and Coccidiosis.

    He also explains that respiratory infections and diseases are one of the main causes of deaths in unweaned calves, highlighting the main causes and treatments.

    Finally, Tommy advises on the use of vaccinations to prevent clostridial diseases and unfortunately it is often too late when detected. For further information please consult your local vet.

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

    • 19 min
    Top Tips from Tommy the Vet on Calving the Suckler Cow

    Top Tips from Tommy the Vet on Calving the Suckler Cow

    Calving the suckler cow and caring for the new born calf are important tasks on every spring suckler herd in the coming weeks. Vet Tommy Heffernan joins Catherine Egan on the Beef Edge podcast for a two-part interview to discuss these important topics in detail.

    In the first part this week, Tommy highlights all the top tips related to calving the suckler cow.

    One issue on farms is when a farmer intervenes too soon, and Tommy advises how long to wait to intervene and how long is too long?

    Tommy describes when handling a cow, what a normal presentation is and advises what to do if a calf is presenting with leg or the head is back or coming backways.

    Tommy also discusses the key things to be aware of when using the calving jack and important points for farmers to keep in mind. Preparation is key and avoiding any situation where there is a health and safety risk is essential. Correctly restraining the cow is important at calving time. For further information please consult your local vet.

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

    • 14 min
    What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?

    What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?

    As part of the Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week, Teagasc researcher Emer Kennedy & Joe Patton, Teagasc nutritionist, join Catherine Egan on the latest Beef Edge podcast to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf.

    Emer outlines the importance of feeding six litres of milk to the calf. She highlights the importance of following the correct guideline for making up the milk replacer by following the guideline of the product being used.

    Purchasing in dairy calves Emer advises on feeding electrolytes after transport for the first feed and depending on distance a second feed of electrolytes may be required.

    Once per day feeding can be introduced from one month of age but Emer warns of the need to check calves twice per day.

    Joe highlights that although consumption of concentrates is low it is important to introduce calves to it in the first week. Feeding good quality concentrates makes management post weaning easier.

    He also advises on the importance of measuring and monitoring the concentrate intake of the calves to ensure they are meeting their requirements. Introducing fibre is necessary to allow this to happen also. Clean good quality straw is preferred to hay.

    For further information of feeding milk click here:
    https://youtu.be/lyhwegNyjls

    And for further information on feeding concentrates click here:
    https://youtu.be/EJ9Sa7CCg3w

    You can tune into the Dairy edge podcast this week to hear about the 1,2,3 of colostrum management, colostrum quality & managing Johnes disease at calving here:
    https://share.transistor.fm/s/d073ad20

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

    • 16 min

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