Growing economic prosperity in many emerging markets present opportunities for increased exports of high quality, safe, and sustainable Irish beef.
So says Pat Dillon, head of the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research, and Innovation programme.
“The strong reputation of Irish grass-based beef production can ensure greater penetration of high-value markets both in the EU and in third countries,” he said.
Dr Dillon was speaking at the launch of Beef 2016, a major Teagasc Open Day that will take place on July 5, at Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath. Thousands of cattle farmers from all over the country are set to attend the FBD-sponsored event.
Teagasc said that at this time of uncertainty in the sector, BEEF 2016 will focus on the application of technologies which will help farmers to increase profitability in their business.
The main issues facing both suckler beef and dairy calf-to-beef producers will be addressed. The flagship Derrypatrick and Maternal Index herds will be on display.
Technical updates will be provided on how to exploit superior genetics, improve performance from pasture, and plan your herd health.
An exhibition on health and safety will cover the main risk areas on farms and will provide advice on how to manage the dangers effectively. Key industry experts will join with Teagasc at the various “villages” and on stands to discuss individual farmer queries.
In addition, meat industry representatives, the main beef breed societies and AI breeding companies will be represented.
A live exhibition will also take place on the ideal animal to meet the specifications for different market outlets.
A special forum will include a panel discussion with a number of young people on how they are planning to develop sustainable family beef farming into the future .
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