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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/

    Top Tips for Making Quality Silage

    Top Tips for Making Quality Silage

    Teagasc drystock advisor Terry Carroll and beef farmer John Phelan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the importance of harvesting silage and the ensiling process in making top quality silage.

    Given the last few weeks with poor grass growth on farm, Terry advises farmers to make the best quality silage possible now and meet your requirements for good quality silage first depending on the stock you intend to keep over the winter.

    He says that by delaying harvest date, it will reduce the dry matter digestibility of the crop and overall quality. This will lead to increased cost next winter due to increased concentrates. Terry said that farmers can get a sample of grass tested in their local Teagasc office by contacting their advisor to determine sugar content or if there are concerns over nitrates.

    Kilkenny store-to-finish farmer John Phelan explains that due to weather in the past month he will be delaying harvest by ten days and intends to cut silage on 25th May - weather depending.

    John also discusses the silage process on his farm and he highlights the importance of quality silage on his farm particularly for reducing costs on farm and achieving maximum weight gains next winter. He then discusses the importance of health and safety during this period on farm also.

    For further information:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2016/Teagasc-Quality-Grass-Silage-Guide.pdf

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

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    An Update on REAP

    An Update on REAP

    Teagasc specialist Catherine Keena joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with an update on the new Results Based Environment Agri Pilot Programme also known as REAP.

    REAP is an agri-environment pilot project that pays farmers to maintain and improve the environmental conditions of their land. Farmers will bring in between 2ha and 10ha of land which will be scored in year one to establish its environmental condition. Farmers will work with their advisers to undertake environmental improvement works on the land that can increase the environmental score in year two.

    REAP will focus on improving existing farm features rather than the creation of new features and habitats. Farms with higher environmental scores will receive larger payments.

    The pilot will test the ‘Results-Based’ approach and prepare farmers, Advisors and DAFM for the Agri Environment Scheme in the new Rural Development Programme in 2023. There is no guarantee of entry. The deadline to apply is the 10th May and contact your advisor or local Teagasc office to apply.

    Further info can be found here:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/environment/schemes--regulations/reap/

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

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    Weaning Tips from the Green Acres Farms

    Weaning Tips from the Green Acres Farms

    With calves being weaned on dairy calf to beef farms across the country, Teagasc Green Acres programme advisors Sean Cummins & James Fitzgerald join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with top tips on weaning, advice for the year ahead and an update on the farms.

    Firstly, Sean has an update on the calves’ performance in the Green acres programme this spring. He highlights the key targets up to weaning and the weaning process. Sean also discusses the herd health plan of the calves to date and key targets for grazing season ahead.

    James discusses the performance of the weanlings over the winter and over the spring so far. He also reviews the slaughter performance of the stock in 2020.

    Sean and James conclude with three main tips that the farmers will be focused on for the coming weeks and months. For further updates click here:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/beef/demonstration-farms/green-acres-calf-to-beef/

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

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?

    Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?

    Teagasc Drystock advisor Joe Hand joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how to maximise silage yield this year on your farm.

    Firstly, Joe highlights a number of factors which influence silage yield such as soil P, K, and pH levels, soil compaction, reseeded swards and fertiliser applied to the crop

    Joe advises that sub-optimal soil fertility is probably the core reason that target silage yields and digestibility are not achieved. Through experiments carried out on-farm with Walsh fellowship student Louise Pearse, Joe explained the findings.

    He noted a difference in yield of 3.8 t vs 5t from following recommended fertiliser rates which is a difference of 1.2 tonne yield dry matter per hectare or a 30% increase yield.

    A silage quality guide to complete for your farm developed by Joe & Louise is available here:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/animals/beef/Silage-Quality-2021.pdf

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

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    Grassland Management Tips for the Coming Weeks

    Grassland Management Tips for the Coming Weeks

    Teagasc Grass 10 Manager John Maher is on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with top tips in relation to grassland management.

    With a difficult spring leading to challenging grazing conditions, John discussed and gave advice for the different scenarios on farms where grazing has been delayed and very little grazing has taken place to date or where farms are on target starting the second rotation.

    John also highlighted the importance of using Phosphorus and Sulphur at this time of year on grazing ground.

    To ensure quality in the sward John advised to grow the grass for 3 weeks and graze it in 3 days.

    For further information go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/grassland/grass10/

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

    The Beef Edge Masterclass with Martin Shaughnessy

    The Beef Edge Masterclass with Martin Shaughnessy

    With only 20% of beef farmers using AI, suckler & sheep farmer Martin Shaughnessy from Co. Mayo joins Catherine Egan on this week’s podcast for a Beef Edge Masterclass to discuss his beef system & how he uses AI on his farm.

    Martin explains that he operates a niche suckler to weanling system targeting breeding quality Belgian Blue weanlings for the export market. He has a compact calving season calving 18 cows from January to mid-March while he also lambs 120 ewes.

    Martin uses a vasectomised bull to help with heat detecting especially as he works off farm and he discusses using AI on his farm and how he selects sires. Any cow that does not go in calf is culled he says.

    A paddock system is used on the farm which utilises grass. Martin allows the calves to creep graze in front of the cows by using a plastic horse fencing post to raise the polywire. Martin then talks about his catchment area and how he protects it.

    You can watch a video of Martin’s farm here:
    https://youtu.be/vtJXHJMhbVQ

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

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