Beef Production Systems Researcher - Research Officer

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Beef Production Systems Researcher - Research Officer

Basic Function
To develop, lead and implement a research programme in the area of grass-based systems of beef production with particular emphasis on:

  • Profitable and sustainable grass-based systems of beef production
  • Factors affecting animal performance at pasture
  • Grass production and utilization
  • Genetic factors influencing beef productivity

 

Background
The beef industry is of vital national importance to Ireland. Cattle accounted for 38% of Agriculture Output and generated foreign earnings of €1,619 million in 2009. Suckler beef production is a significant enterprise on over 90,000 farms and production is spread throughout Ireland. Similarly dairy calf-to-beef is an important system of beef production in Ireland. Teagasc plays a key role in developing competitive, profitable and sustainable systems of beef production. These systems must maximise the use of grazed grass so as to capitalise on Ireland’s natural competitive advantage in grass production, and to contribute to the high quality, grass-fed reputation of Irish beef worldwide. This will be key appointment for Teagasc with national significance in developing our beef industry over the coming years into a profitable, competitive and sustainable industry.
We are now seeking to appoint a highly qualified and enthusiastic researcher to develop and lead a research programme in beef production systems. The successful candidate’s research programme will have particular emphasis on developing profitable and sustainable grass-based systems of beef production and on investigating the factors affecting animal performance at pasture. The research will seek to optimise grass production and utilization in beef system and will also investigate the feeding value of grazed grass and supplementation strategies. This will be a key appointment for Teagasc with national significance in developing our beef industry over the coming years.

Grange is part of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre in Teagasc and has extensive facilities for field and laboratory research. Teagasc has an international reputation for researching and developing grass-based systems of livestock production and this candidate will work with a dynamic team of Teagasc researchers and specialists across Teagasc’s Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme at Moorepark, Grange and Athenry.

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