Incentives for beef farmers to adopt new skill sets

The Beef Technology Adoption Programme (BTAP) is being rolled out around the country through the Teagasc advisory service. This new advisory initiative is aimed at helping beef producers improve their farming business.

The Beef Technology Adoption Programme incentivises beef farmers to take on technical and financial expertise, relevant to their beef enterprise.

Over 500 farmers in the Midlands and North East Region attended their first beef discussion group session during April. In the Teagasc advisory region covering Laois, Kildare, Meath, Louth and Dublin , 12 Teagasc Drystock Advisers are working with over 30 groups of farmers.

The beef technology adoption programme is very similar to the Dairy Efficiency Programme which has been running very successfully in Teagasc for the past two years. Teagasc Advisory Regional Manager, Larry O’Loughlin said: “This beef technology adaption programme is based on the Discussion Group structure whereby groups of 15 to 20 farmers meet on a monthly basis on each others farms. Timely technology and financial subjects are discussed by group members over a two hour period, facilitated by the local Teagasc adviser.”

Larry O’Loughlin said: “The big advantage of this type of advisory activity is that farmers get information that is based not just on research, but is tailor made for their own situation based on local experiences.”


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