[email protected]: What’s on the agenda for Monday?

The Virtual Beef Week replaces the Teagasc BEEF Open Day which was due to take place on July 7, at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland research and innovation centre, Grange, Co. Meath.

Instead, Virtual Beef Week began today, Monday, July 6, and will run through to July 10, with a week-long stream of videos, webinars and live events.

As part of the initiative, AgriLand has teamed up with Teagasc to bring you – [email protected], which will be available on all AgriLand and Teagasc platforms at 7.00pm this evening.

If you have a question during the live broadcast, just text the word TEAGASC followed by your question, name and location to 51444 (ROI only; standard network charges apply) or join in on Twitter at: #VirtualBeefWeek.

The panel discussion will involve updates from the suckler beef research at Teagasc Grange, along with how it has been implemented at farm level; this discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Paul Crosson.

We will hear from suckler-to-beef farmer Artie Birt on how he handles the breeding season on his Co. Down-based holding.

Suckler-to-beef farmer Artie Birt

Prof. David Kenny will then talk about his research on bull fertility and on synchronisation programmes that are being used to improve compact calving and the use of AI at farm level.

Frank O Sullivan, who is the vet for Teagasc Grange, will discuss the practical steps farmers need to look at if they are to reduce their antibiotic use and the role of health planning on suckler farms.

In addition, Dr. Orla Keane will discuss her work on parasite control, anthelmintic resistance and where suckler farmers could improve.

She will also look at how management might have to change if the legislation around anthelmintic availability and use changes.