Name: Noel Clancy
Location: Drangan, Thurles, Co.Tipperary
How long have you been farming?
I have been farming since 2007 in my own right since I returned from New Zealand. I farm alongside my wife, Aine. My parents next door help out too. We have three children under the ages of five.
What sort of operation are you farming?
We farm in south Tipperary and we have an outfarm in east Galway. We are farming about 75 acres of lowland ground, some being wet and challenging in nature.
We are running about one hundred and fifty commercial Texel crossbred ewes also as replacement stock. We also run a small flock of Pedigree registered Poll Dorset sheep. We are primarily spring lambing but lamb a few pedigrees in the autumn. We run a small herd of fifteen spring calving suckler cows. From next year, we are planning to finish all the progeny as steers and heifers under two years.
What has your week been like?
This week we took the Rams from the ewes after the breeding season. We've run them mainly in single-sire mating groups. We have stopped grazing covers in fields near the main yard as these will be required in Spring for ewe turnout with young lambs.
Our cows are currently housed and have been scanned. Our weanlings are all still outside grazing and getting 1.5kg of concentrates on grass. We fattened any cull cows this autumn on rolled barley and silage. We have a small bunch of finishing lambs left on the farm. These were recently housed and are receiving Barley and Soybean meal at 400gr per day
What’s been the biggest challenge for you this season?
The weather has been a challenge this autumn. We failed to harvest one field of silage on an outfarm. Instead, we had to graze it with weanlings and we will follow these with replacement ewe lambs to clean it off.
What was the good news event on your farm this week?
We are currently looking forward to some Dorset yearlings lambing this month. These were imported females that we bought in already in lamb to some high-quality sires so we are very excited to see what they produce.
What are your future plans?
We plan to improve our grassland management and to create some more paddocks on the home farm especially. Hopefully, this will allow us to utilise grass better.