THE Teagasc Green Acres Dairy Calf to Beef programme aims to advise and demonstrate best practice on the rearing and finishing of purchased dairy calves through to beef (steers/heifers/bulls) on a whole-farm basis.
In addition, the project will provide technical support and targeted training to the staff of the contributing stakeholders to the programme - namely, Liffey Mills, Drummonds, Volac, MSD Animal Health and Grassland Agro.
However, a key element will be the dissemination of the findings of the ongoing programme and this will be carried on a monthly basis in the Farming Independent.
Each month two of the 10 participating farms will be profiled in the supplement. These reports will give an outline of the holding, the goals and objectives identified by the individual farmer in relation to the project, and progress in achieving these goals.
Problems identified by the farmers, the solutions to these difficulties, and timely tips on key management tasks will also be covered in the monthly reports, which will be carried on the last Tuesday of every month.