The Teagasc national beef conference will take place as a virtual event this year at 8pm each evening next week on 1, 2 and 3 December.

The latest beef research from Teagasc Grange and technical advice for beef farmers will be presented as part of a live, hour-long, interactive webinar each evening over the three days.

Speaking in advance of the conference, head of drystock knowledge transfer in Teagasc Pearse Kelly said: “The webinars will address practical topics, in terms of improving animal performance, ensuring good health and welfare for beef cattle and the opportunities in grass-based beef production.

“We will focus on how to optimise animal performance over the winter period, with a variety of contributors sharing their expertise and experience.”

Key opportunities

Beef enterprise leader, animal and grassland, research and innovation programme Dr Paul Crosson said the programme of the beef conference this year reflects the key opportunities of the Irish grass-based production model.

“We must optimise animal performance at all stages in the production cycle.

"Recent research findings from Teagasc Grange will be presented highlighting the performance from grass-only systems and the importance of indoor feeding and housing management.”

The online Teagasc beef conference is free to join, but registration is required beforehand.

All three sessions are live, with the opportunity for viewers to post their questions for the panellists. Further details and registration are available at

Beef conference programme

Tuesday 1 December at 8pm

  • Achieving target performance for weanlings during their first winter – chair: Michael Slattery, Drummonds.
  • Optimum growth rate for weanling beef cattle during the winter housing period – chair: Dr Mark McGee, Teagasc researcher, Grange.
  • Steps farmers can take to improve the performance of beef weanlings over their first winter indoors – chair: Martina Harrington, Teagasc beef specialist.
  • Wednesday 2 December at 8pm

  • Improving beef health and welfare – chair: Dr Conor McAloon, UCD school of veterinary medicine.
  • Effect of space allowance and underfoot conditions on indoor finishing cattle performance and welfare - chair: Dr Bernadette Earley, Teagasc, Grange.
  • Best practice vaccination protocols for suckler cows pre-calving – chair: Dr Doreen Corridan, Munster Bovine.
  • Thursday 3 December at 8pm

  • Exploiting the full potential of Irish Grass Fed Beef – chair: Teagasc director, Professor Gerry Boyle.
  • Beef production from grass-forage-only diets – chairs: Dr Edward O’Riordan and Dr Aidan Moloney, Teagasc, Grange.
  • Positioning Irish Grass Fed Beef in the marketplace - chair: Padraig Brennan, Bord Bia.
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