articles about dairy-farmer
"Saving on time and labour required each milking and improving farm safety."
John Rafferty, who runs a 150-cow dairy farm, has embraced year-round calving, zero-grazing, robotic milking, automatic feeding and renewable energy.
"I always had a great interest in dairying, and I wanted to stay at home farming." explains 25-year-old Danny O’Brien.
The 115-strong Popefield Holsteins herd is aiming to achieve 10,000+L/cow and 750kgs MS/cow.
He farms 270 high-yielding herd of Holstein Friesians with some Jerseys on 470-acres.
Cows produced an average of 620kgs of milk solids last year.
Shed demolition, milking, hauling manure, bedding and more…
“When the tractor is gone, a hand scraper is the only thing…”
“It is a joy milking now, more so than a chore,” says Eddie, who worked as a motor mechanic before becoming a full-time farmer.
Another update from Anna Truesdale!
“If I fed two bales a day, that would cost me roughly €30/day, whereas an extra 5kgs of meal would cost about €75/day.”
“When I took over, I would have never imagined expanding this much.”
"This is just an honest opinion from a young farmer, enthusiastic about his system."
"No farmer questions my ability anymore." - Ciara Byers (19), dairy farmer and UCD ag student.