The current phase of the BETTER Farm Beef Programme will finish on the January 31st, 2020.
The beef demonstration farm programme commenced in 2008 with the aim to show profitable beef production through improving technical efficiency within the farm gate, according to a statement.
Over those 12 years, 70 different beef demonstration farms featured in the programme – most of whom had a suckler enterprise on their farm.
The programme focused on:
- Boosting profitability on farms by reducing production costs;
- Increasing farm output through improved animal performance.
“The network of BETTER Beef Farms was spread across all regions so as to be reflective of the land type and farming systems throughout the country.” the statement outlined.
“All aspects of production systems were examined, and the latest technologies and research were adopted to ensure maximum efficiency.”
“The farmers in the BETTER Farm Beef Programme, over the years, have been willing to disclose a significant amount of information on their farms, including their profit monitor results, breeding performance, grassland management results and animal health plans.”
During 2020, Teagasc is offering a transition programme to all of the BETTER Farm Beef Challenge programme participants. “This will involve updating their overall Farm Plan and Nutrient Management Plan.”
They will also work closely throughout 2020 with their local Teagasc Business and Technology advisor and a cattle specialist.
During the current phase, Animal Health Ireland began a pilot IBR control programme with the participants in the programme; this will continue in 2020.
All of the farmers will also be given a number of technical training days at Teagasc research centres in 2020.
While the BETTER Beef Farm Programme is coming to an end, Teagasc and all funders have said they are committed to supporting Irish beef farmers to ensure that best practice and the most up-to-date technologies and research are adopted on farms.
Teagasc’s intention in 2020 is to devise and launch a new programme that will have sustainable and profitable beef production and the mitigation of gaseous emissions at the “core” of the initiative.