30 May Spring Dairy Farm Walk
The Teagasc Arrabawn Joint programme held a Spring Dairy Farm Walk on the 24th of April on Enda & Maura Barrett’s Farm outside Kilconnell in County Galway. There was a great crowd in attendance which heard presentations on soil fertility, managing the breeding season and labour issues on dairy farms. The speakers on the day were Michael Donoghue (Teagasc), Martina Gormley (Teagasc Dairy Specialist) and Dan O Riordan (ICBF).
Enda is farming 73ha in total with a milking platform of 29ha. There are 102 cows currently milking on the farm with the milking platform stocked at 3.5 LU/ha. On the day of the walk, the cows were producing 28 litres per day at 2.25kg MS/Cow (3.55% Protein, 4.22% Fat). Last year the cows averaged 5800 litres at 3.55% Protein and 4.40% Fat. The herd EBI IS €143 with an 89% 6 week calving rate.
We would to thank Enda & Maura for hosting the Spring Dairy Farm Walk and we wish them every success in the future.