Improving the health and welfare of beef cattle
The second in a series of live interactive Teagasc Virtual Beef Conference webinars takes place tonight at 8:00pm, with this evening’s focus being on improving the health and welfare of beef cattle.
Register today at www.teagasc.ie/beefcon20 and join online this evening for information on how the performance and welfare of cattle can be affected by different penning conditions and the increasingly important role vaccinations have in suckler cows pre-calving.
Session two this evening will be chaired by Dr. Conor McAloon, University College Dublin (UCD) School of Veterinary Medicine, and the panellists are Dr. Bernadette Earley from Teagasc Grange and Dr. Doreen Corridan from Munster Bovine.
Topics covered tonight will include:
- Effect of space allowance and underfoot conditions on indoor finishing cattle performance and welfare;
- Best practice vaccination protocols for suckler cows pre-calving.
Effect of space allowance and underfoot conditions on indoor finishing cattle performance and welfare
Recently there have been increasing concerns at EU level around the whole area of cattle welfare during housing.
These concerns include housing conditions; areas for feeding; walking and resting; space allowances; and floor conditions.
This would equate to an almost doubling of the current space allocation provided to finishing cattle.
There have also been calls for the use of concrete-slatted floors to be phased out altogether and to be replaced by more ‘welfare friendly’ floor surfaces such as slats covered in rubber mats or the use of straw bedding.
Dr. Bernadette Earley has recently concluded a number of large research trials where she looked at the effect of space allowance and underfoot conditions on indoor finishing cattle performance and welfare and she will be presenting these results this evening.
Best Practice Vaccination Protocols for Suckler Cows Pre-calving
Vaccines play a key role in maintaining health. A question often asked is: “What should I vaccinate for?”
Screening weanlings is very effective as suckler cows have their calves with them for the first seven to 10 months of their life.
Combining this screen with other issues on the farm in the previous 12 months gives the basis on which to draw up a herd health plan with the vet.
The third and final session of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Conference will be on tomorrow night at 8:00pm where a panel of speakers chaired by the Teagasc Director, Prof. Gerry Boyle, will be discussing how we as a country can exploit the full potential of Irish grass-fed beef.
Find the full schedule at www.teagasc.ie/beefcon20.