“Finishing Beef” will be the title of two events targeted at beef farmers, that are being organised by AFBI, CAFRE, AgriSearch and the LMC.  The events will be held on Tuesday 10th September 2019 in Ballymena Livestock Market and Thursday 12th September 2019 in Markethill Livestock Market.  Both events start at 7pm and will last for approximately two hours.  

These events are part of a series on “Future Proofing Beef & Sheep Farming” which are being held during 2019 to communicate the latest findings of beef and sheep research.

Colin Smith and Seamus McMenamin from the LMC will introduce domestic and international markets for beef and discuss consumer demands and how farmers can maximise returns by meeting market specifications. 

Francis Lively from AFBI, Hillsborough will outline the nutritional requirements of beef cattle.  This will include breaking down the energy and protein requirements of livestock by stage of life, gender and breed type.  He will also outline the results of recent trials looking at grazing and supplementation strategies for both dairy-origin and suckler-origin cattle.

Natasha Ferguson from CAFRE will discuss feeding options for finishing beef cattle for the forthcoming winter.

Lindsey Drummond from AFBI’s Veterinary Sciences Division will discuss animal health planning for the housing period.  She will outline best practice weaning process, biosecurity protocols for purchased stock, vaccinations for respiratory disease and parasite treatments.

Denise Lowe from AFBI, Hillsborough will outline the findings of recent studies on flooring systems for beef housing and discuss if animal welfare can be improved by adapting concrete slats by overlaying with rubber.  She will also examine the economic return of investing in rubber and the effect that rubber has on cleanliness.

Finally, David Farrell from AFBI’s Food Research Branch will discuss consumer expectations for beef eating quality and will outline measures that farmers can take to maximise meat quality.

All farmers / landowners are welcome to attend. Further information can be found on the AgriSearch website.   Please note that photographs and videos will be taken at this event for promotional and knowledge exchange purposes to include press releases, social media and websites.