Almost 500 beef farmers from Tipperary have applied to join discussion groups with Teagasc under the new Beef Technology Adoption Programme. When dairy farmers are included there are now over 1200 farmers participating in Teagasc discussion groups in the County.
Teagasc Regional Manager Donal Mullane said “We are very pleased with the interest from beef farmers to join discussion groups in Tipperary as participating in discussion groups is well proven in terms of improving farmers income, confidence and lifestyle. There is no doubt that participation in Beef Discussion Groups will yield significant benefits to members in the medium term”.
The new Beef groups will meet regularly on member’s farmers and will mainly concentrate on improved breeding, grassland management, herd health and financial performance. Each group of up to 20 members will be facilitated by a Teagasc drystock adviser.
Members of the groups will have a three year plans developed for their farms and will also carry out some key management tasks from an approved menu throughout the programme.
With the Agricultural sector earmarked to play a significant role in national economic recovery beef farmers are taking the opportunity to embrace new technologies and adopt best practice on their farms.
The new programme known as The Beef Technology Adoption Programme BTAP is supported by the exchequer to the tune of E5 million in 2012 and will be continued for two further years subject to funding.