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APRIL 2018
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Dairy Focus
APRIL 2018
Dairy Focus
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easier management of the stock on the farm.
At the event, Billy will discuss the decisions he made regarding
paddock size and fencing options. Through improving the
infrastructure on his farm and the associated increase in grass
production and stocking rate, Billy has been able to reduce the
amount of land he rents.
IMPROVING GRASS UTILISATION
The Terra Services-sponsored farm walk will include leading
experts who will give advice on a range of topics relevant to
the infrastructure of the farm that will result in improved grass
utilisation. An important aspect of the event will be to highlight
the various options available regarding water, roadways, fencing
and paddock layouts, and a breakdown of the costs associated
with each of these.
KEY DECISIONS FOR A GRASSLAND FARMER
Host farmer Billy and his Teagasc advisor, Gabriel Trayers,
will outline the history of the farm, including grass production
and utilisation, farm layout and soil fertility profi le. Animal
performance targets will also be discussed. Catherine Egan from
Teagasc will describe good practice guidelines and options, and
fi nancial costings for improving grazing infrastructure, including
water, fencing, paddock layouts and roadways.
Billy will also describe decisions he made relating to the farm
infrastructure including the options available to him and the
reasons for his decisions, as well as describing how the system
works for his farm. There are several low-cost options to
improve farm infrastructure and increase grass utilisation, and
these will be the key focus of a discussion on infrastructure
requirements to maximise grass utilisation.
THE SUMMER GRAZING SEASON
Bridget Lynch from University College Dublin (UCD) will
discuss summer grassland management to maximise grass
utilisation. Topics discussed will include ideal grazing covers,
grass allocation, and target rotation lengths to achieve
performance targets for various animal groups. Starting at 10am,
the IGA-organised event on the Gilmore farm is located north-
east of Tuam and will be signposted off the N83.