Beef Conference Success
Thursday, 17 November, 2016
The ‘Progressive Beef Production’ conference held at CAFRE Greenmount campus has been deemed a huge success. Jointly organised by the UFU, CAFRE, AFBI and the LMC it brought delegates presentations from top industry speakers as well as a keynote speech from the DAERA Minister, Michelle McIlveen.
The organisers say attendance by 300 delegates was evidence of the event's success and the appetite of farmers and others to discuss the challenges they face. The focus was on assessing current practise in the beef sector and scope for change in farm management or the introduction of new technology to improve farm profitability. This saw presentations on themes such as soil fertility, grassland management, animal health, genetics and breeding animals which suit the land which they are farmed on. The large attendance, along with positive feedback from delegates, is evidence that the 2016 conference was a springboard for similar events in the future.
To access the Powerpoint Presentations from Each Speaker, please click on the links below:
Morning Presentations Include: Simon Marsh, Harper Adams University - Achieving top 1% performance with suckled calf production, Norman Weatherup, CAFRE - improving soil fertility to drive grassland production and Robert Parker, Farmers - Stranrear - Sustainable suckler cow production
The Before lunch presentations include: Kevin Farrell, farmer, Co.Longford - Switching to dairy beef production and Tom Forgrave, UFU Poultry Chairman - Should beef producers adopt best practice from the poultry sector?
The afternoon presentations include: Stephen Conroy, ICBF - Beef Genomics - The Irish Experience, Abbygail Moran, SRUC - Identifying superior carcases through VIA and genomics, Steven Morrison, AgriSearch - Introduction to the Northern Ireland Agri-hub and Francis Lively, AFBI - Introducing new genetics to the beef herd via synchronisation and AI
Pictured L-R is LMC Chairman, Gerard McGivern; DAERA Minister, Michelle McIlveen; UFU President Barclay Bell and AFBI Chief Executive, Sinclair Mayne at the 2016 Progressive Beef Conference.