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BETTER Farm Beef Challenge NI Virtual Farm Event – Jonathan Blair, Ballykelly

October 20, 2020

Thursday 22nd October, 8.00pm – 9.00pm

The BETTER Farm Beef Challenge NI is a joint venture between the Irish Farmers Journal, ABP Food Group and CAFRE. The programme aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of suckler farms across Northern Ireland through the adoption of new technologies and knowledge transfer.

BETTER Farm Beef Challenge NI will hold a virtual farm walk on Thursday 22 October at 8pm. Hosting the event will be Jonathan Blair, who runs a 90 cow spring-calving suckler herd outside Ballykelly, County Derry/Londonderry.

The event will feature a series of pre-recorded videos focusing on cattle type and breeding management, along with weaning management this autumn. With cattle born on farm taken through to slaughter, discussions will also focus on winter finishing fodder budgets, nutrition and the role of high-quality silage. in intensive bull-beef systems.

Jonathan will also be joined by the farm’s vet Craig Campbell to discuss this year’s scanning results and herd health planning.

The event is open to everyone.

You are encouraged to send questions to our panellists during the meeting or send them in advance to

You can join the event from 7.45pm onwards.

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It is advisable to download the WebEx application in advance.

** You will need to replace the prepopulated joining details with your own name and email address.
The Event Password is FarmEvent

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– Please download the WebEx meetings app from your app store. Guidance can be found here:
And enter the meeting number and password when prompted.

Event number (access code): 137 544 4162
Event password: FarmEvent

You can also join via your mobile or landline by dialling:
0-20-7660-8149 (UK Toll) and enter the meeting information above