CAFRE/Teagasc announce second Dairy Calf to Beef WebEx Event

Date published: 09 October 2020

Following on from the first very successful dairy beef calf rearing webinar CAFRE and Teagasc are once again coming together to deliver a further event on October 15, 2020 at 7.30pm.

Dairy bred beef steers at early finishing stage.

The event will focus on the CAFRE dairy beef KT project winter feeding regime. And, there will be a further opportunity to hear about the research carried out by Teagasc in relation to dairy beef production.

During this event, James Henderson, CAFRE Beef Grassland Technology Demonstration Farmer will provide an overview of grassland utilisation on his farm and will explain how this ensures he is in the top 25 per cent of CAFRE benchmarked farms.  The event will conclude by looking at dairy beef slaughter statistics and future market outlooks.

CAFRE Beef Technologist, Natasha Ferguson said: “Feed costs account for over 70 per cent of variable costs on beef farms in Northern Ireland. The challenge for the dairy calf to beef sector is to select the correct production system to maximise grass utilisation on farm. Animal performance from grass needs to be maximised in order to improve profitability at a farm level.”

The panel for the event on October 15 will be, Graeme Campbell (Senior Beef and Sheep Technologist, CAFRE); Natasha Ferguson (Beef Technologist, CAFRE); James Henderson (CAFRE Beef Grassland Technology Demonstration Farmer); Seamus McMenamin, (Economist, LMC); Dr Nicky Byrne (Livestock Systems Research Officer, Teagasc) and Pearse Kelly (Head of Drystock, Teagasc).

If you require further information in relation to this event or if you have a specific question you would like to ask, please send these in advance by emailing them to: The panel will try and answer as many of these questions as possible. There will also be the opportunity to submit questions via an online Q & A facility.

To join this event please visit the CAFRE website.

CAFRE Business Development Group (BDG) members will receive an e-mail with a link to log on directly to the event.

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