‘Beef, growing performance’ on the agenda

From left, Dr Norman Weatherup (CAFRE), Dr Denise Lowe (AFBI), Jason Rankin (AgriSearch), Dr Francis Lively (AFBI) and Jim Freeburn (CAFRE) discussing plans for the 'Beef, Growing Performance' event at the Greenmount College Abbey Farm furnenst Antrim on Wed, Sept 9.
From left, Dr Norman Weatherup (CAFRE), Dr Denise Lowe (AFBI), Jason Rankin (AgriSearch), Dr Francis Lively (AFBI) and Jim Freeburn (CAFRE) discussing plans for the 'Beef, Growing Performance' event at the Greenmount College Abbey Farm furnenst Antrim on Wed, Sept 9.

Following on from the joint CAFRE/AFBI/AgriSearch beef event held at AFBI Hillsborough last year, Greenmount’s Abbey farm will be the venue for another joint event “Beef, growing performance”.

Weather, currency, EU support and commodity prices have combined to create a perfect storm this year. Unfortunately we have little control of any of these issues but there are many important areas that can be influenced by management.

At this event CAFRE and AFBI speakers will concentrate on suckler cow fertility, replacement heifer management, herd health, grassland management, identifying and alleviating soil compaction and reducing winter feed costs for suckler cows, store and finishing cattle.

There will be suckler cows with spring born Stabiliser calves, store cattle from Glenwherry hill farm, replacement heifers on display plus a working subsoiler demonstration.

The events will run from 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 6.30pm with tours starting every 15-30 minutes and will last for approximately two hours. Overshoes will be provided but please wear clean clothing not normally worn on your farm.

On-site catering will be available on the day and there will also be some relevant static displays.

It is hoped farmers will find this event helpful and informative and should be able to implement some of technologies demonstrated on their own farms.