Teagasc has partnered with the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) and Bord Bia to host 16 suckler breeding farm walks nationwide over the coming weeks.
The walks will begin this Wednesday afternoon (March 29th, 2023), in Co Cork and will draw to a close in the same county on Thursday, April 27th, 2023.
These farm walks coincide with the launch of the DAFM’s new BDGP replacement, the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme, as widely reported on That’s Farming.
As part of a new dedicated mini-series, our resident editor, Catherina Cunnane, is reviewing each of the five individual measures, with the latest article, which was posted on Sunday, March 26th, 2023, focusing on action four – weighing and submission of data to the ICBF – which you can read via this link.
The raft of events taking place across the country will provide an insight into the requirements of suckler farmers, how participants can maximise their payments, and the “key” breeding technologies that will help to achieve them.
According to organisers, all farm walks are taking place on commercial suckler farms that are “ already achieving a very high breeding performance from their herds”.
A number of them are Signpost Demonstration Farms that are participating in the Teagasc FutureBeef programme.
Sexed semen and SBLAS membership
Teagasc beef specialists and advisors, along with ICBF technical staff, will be available to discuss with farmers the most suitable options for breeding future replacement heifers for their herds.
With “increasing” interest among suckler farmers in using more AI in their herds, there will also be a focus at these walks on synchronisation options for cows and heifers, as well as information on how sexed semen may be of benefit to suckler herds.
Farmers will have the opportunity to discuss beef bulls available through AI in 2023, along with the new sensor technologies to aid heat detection that are now on the market, with the staff from various companies.
Bord Bia staff will be available at all of the breeding walks to discuss with farmers who may not currently be in SBLAS, how they can apply to join it and the requirements to gain entry.
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