Lely Center Mullingar and AIB will host open days on the farms of Pat Farrelly, Alan Stephenson and Ronan Nestor next week.
The 3 open days will be presented in workshop format and the following topics will be discussed;
- How does robotic milking work on a grass-based system?
- Building design & farm layout options - infrastructure costs of setting-up system;
- Best type of cow for robotic milking system;
- Labour requirements and work-life balance;
- Financing dairy expansion, funding buildings & equipment – AIB;
- Running costs of the system;
- €32,000 - €96,000 TAMS II Grant opportunity.
- Tues, October 22nd - Alan Stephenson, Derrymalogue, Rosenallis, Co. Laois. R32 HY86 – 130 spring-calving cows, 2 robots since 2018;
- Wed, October 23rd – Pat Farrelly, Balnagon Upper, Carnaross, Co. Meath. A82 WC83 - – 240 spring-calving cows, 4 robots since 2013;
- Thurs, October 24th – Ronan Nestor, Rathnacreeva, Ballyglass, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. F12 WK11 – 115 autumn/spring calving cows, 2 robots since 2018.
Strong demand for finance
Eamonn O’Reilly, AIB Regional Agri Adviser, said, “Demand for farm finance has been particularly strong in recent years among potential new entrants to dairy.”
“We have funded a large number of dairy start-ups and expansions to date, with a very strong level of enquiries already for 2020 and 2021.”
"Our team will be available to discuss all funding options on the day," O'Reilly added.
“Our Barn Design and Farm Management Support (FMS) specialists will be available on the day to discuss setting up robotic farms in terms of farm layout, building designs, roadways, paddock sizes etc,” concludes Alan Heaney, Lely Mullingar.
All are welcome to attend from 12pm to 3pm. The farms will be signposted from the main roads - for more information, call Niall Mc Gauran on 086-4178424.