Suckler Beef Producer Visit to England

Innovations in integrated feeding systems and marketing chains for suckled calves

The focus of this trip is how alternative marketing arrangements can improve profitability for the farmers and can improve health, welfare and performance of suckler beef cattle. The trip will highlight that the recording data such as residual feed intake is an important way to identify efficient, low maintenance cattle which reduce greenhouse gases and the information can be used in genetic evaluations.

The trip will be lead by CAFRE advisers Francis Breen and Kevin O’Donnell

When is this visit? The visit will take place from Wednesday 13th February 2019 to Thursday 14th February 2019.

Who can apply to go? This visit is being targeted at farmers producing suckler calves and farmers that are finishing suckler beef cattle. The applicants must also have financially benchmarked (CAFRE or equivalent) in 2015/2016. 2016/2017 or 2017/2018.

Applications are limited to one member or employee per business, provided they are over 18 years old. They should not be in full-time education.

Applications open Monday 7th January and close at 4pm Friday the 18th January.

How many places are available? There are 15 places available and they will be awarded on a competitive bases. If there is oversubscription CAFRE may re-run the trip later in the year. This, along with all the details of the scheme are explained in the Terms and Conditions.

What is paid for? Farm Innovation Visits are part of the NI Rural Development Programme and part funded by the EU. This scheme will cover costs associated with accommodation, travel including coach and air travel, breakfast, lunch and evening meals when abroad.

What is not paid for? It does not cover any additional costs, such as a relief worker when participants are away from their business. In addition they will be expected to purchase their own travel insurance and food when in transit.

What is expected from those who get a place? Everyone who accepts a place will be expected to attend a pre-trip training session and to share their experience and knowledge learned from the trip with a group of farmers within six months of returning from the trip

How can I find out more? Keep an eye out for updates on this website and social media outlet @DiscoverCAFRE.