A DairyBeef 500 Spring Conference will take place at two venues this January and will be of interest to both dairy farmers who want to produce more saleable calves, and beef farmers who have dairy calf to beef enterprises.
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Producing a calf for profitable dairy beef key focus of upcoming conference

The first event takes place this Thursday, 19 January at 7pm at the Talbot Hotel, Clonmel, County Tipperary, with the conference repeated next week on Thursday, 26 January at the Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, County Cork.

With a key focus on ‘producing a calf for profitable dairy beef’, presentations on the performance of the DairyBeef 500 Campaign Monitor Farmers and the Dairy Beef Demonstration Farm in Teagasc Grange will outline the key management decisions to ensure calves perform throughout their life to achieve a high level of profitability on farm.

An overview of the profitability of DairyBeef 500 demonstration farms will also be provided, highlighting how farmers navigated high input prices over the course of 2022, while also detailing some of the technologies being adapted at farm level to insulate these farm businesses from future input prices shocks.

Speaking in advance of the conferences, Alan Dillon, Co-ordinator of the Teagasc DairyBeef 500 Campaign said; “There will be presentations and discussion from both dairy farmers outlining how they have improved the beef merit of their calves and encouraged repeat business from beef farmers, and also presentations from calf to beef farmers on what they look for when purchasing calves from dairy farms.”

A panel discussion will follow including representatives from Bord Bia, Dovea, Munster Bovine and ICBF on the future direction of dairy calf to beef production in Ireland with an increasing emphasis on the need to improve the beef merit of the calves that dairy herds are looking to sell. The panel will outline the current state of play of dairy-beef production nationally, while also highlighting why change is needed in terms of the beef being produced from the dairy herd to aid marketability, efficiency, sustainability and profitability.

The use of breeding tools, such as the Dairy Beef Index (DBI) and Commercial Beef Value (CBV) will also be discussed as pathways to improve the profitability, efficiency and viability of dairy beef production into the future.

To register and get more information, click here.

To explore strategies for success in 2023 for the dairy industry, we invited Muzaffar Yunusov, lead of key account management at the IFCN Dairy Research Network, to speak at Alltech ONE Budapest.

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