Teagasc are holding a major Suckler Breeding Event in Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny on Tuesday next, the 8th April. The event which is being co-sponsored by ICBF, Progressive Genetics and Dovea Genetics takes place on the College farm from 10.30am (tours starting 10.30 to 11.30 a.m.) to lunch time.
Detailing what will be on display to farmers, Terry Carroll, Teagasc Drystock Adviser in Kilkenny said that there will be five stands on the two hour circuit – all located on the right hand side paddocks just inside the entrance gates to Kildalton (subject to weather – otherwise stands will move into farmyard). Terry Carroll said: “Farmers need to continue to give great importance to the breeding programme for their suckler herd as this will have a huge impact on the subsequent level of profitability generated for the farm unit”.
All topics related to breeding the suckler herd will be looked at, starting with the actual breeding policy in the Kildalton College herd, which comprises of 60 cows with many excellent calves at foot. Thereafter, stands will focus on 24 months calving, bull choice for the suckler cows/heifers, A.I. and health in the suckler herd and finally a look at Beef Genomics which is very topical given the new €60 Suckler Scheme this year and the Gene Ireland Programme.
Speakers from Teagasc locally and nationally, A.I. companies and ICBF will ensure the event is very relevant, interesting and beneficial. This is a qualifying event for those participating in BTAP.