Teagsac hope for optimism at beef show
Teagasc are bracing themselves for a mixed reaction at tomorrow's flagship event for the beef sector at their research farm at Grange, Co Meath.
"We're not sure what to expect because we know that there's a lot of dissatisfaction out there in relation to how bull-beef has gone and the potential impact of dairy calves on the trade," admitted the head of Teagasc's livestock systems department, Padraig French.
"But we're hopeful that there'll be plenty of farmers also there to see how they can improve their efficiency," he added.
Among the exhibits that will be open to farmers on the day will be updates on the new phase in Grange's Derrypatrick Herd.
Four years of research into the optimum cow for the suckler herd found that the Limousin-Friesian cross managed to outperform the Charolais-Simmental, Charolais-Limousin and the Limousin-Simmental crossbreeds.
Now the focus has shifted to establishing whether producing young bulls or steers is a more profitable system.
It will compare late-maturing (Charolais and Limousin) with early-maturing (Angus) sired bulls and steers.