A road map to more efficient grazing
Rotational paddocks to help boost grass and profits on cattle farms will be one of the key topics for discussion at Beef 2016 in Grange next month.
With uncertainties facing the beef sector, the Teagasc event will focus on key technologies, genetics, pasture tips and herd health to dry and drive profits.
Teagasc advisor Ned Heffernan says PastureBase Ireland has identified that the creation of one new paddock on a farm will give five extra grazings on the farm for the year.
"Control is the key word with paddocks - it allows farmers to assess the supply and demand for grass and improve quality.
"They will grow more grass and the cattle will be moving off of the paddocks more swiftly," said Mr Heffernan. "It leads to better quality grass, stronger daily weight gains and less reliance on feed costs.
"The six paddock system is the minimum number of divisions that is recommended based on a grazing area and it allows a long regrowth."
He said the beef sector was playing catch-up when it comes to utilising grass but paddocks were vital for farms.