The recent Teagasc Beef Conference was held online over three evenings, in a one-hour webinar style event.

The first evening concentrated on the winter period for weanlings. Getting the growth rate correct in this period has been identified as a particular issue on many beef farms. The diet over the winter period will have a massive effect on the overall performance of the animal. As outlined by Dr Mark McGee of Teagasc Grange, optimising the first winter growth rate can only be done if the feed value of the silage being fed is known.