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The herd had a calf production figure of 102 (calves per 100 cows) and a calving interval of 366 days in 2018.
“We are aiming for a 420 kg cow that will produce 500kgs of milk solids.” - Seamus Ahern (22) farms in partnership with his parents.
“This is not an open farm; we allow visitors to see what is involved in a working farm from the farmer’s point of view.”
‘There is no room for passenger cows’ – Michael Dullea runs a 60-suckler cow herd in Cork.
Michael Kinane and family, Co. Tipperary breed pedigree Limousin and pedigree Angus cattle; many of their bulls and females have been sold to customers in the UK and Northern Ireland.
Joe Forristal & Keelin Walsh farm Mules, Easycare, Suffolk, Cheviot, Charollais & Charmoise sheep in Kilkenny. Joe – who works in the tech industry – has developed a system to monitor flock performance.
The Davorens milk of 70 Holstein-Friesian and Holstein-Fleckvieh-cross cows in The Burren, Co. Clare, with a herd average of 445kg Milk solids at 3.83% fat and 3.38% protein.
Tommy, Anne and Noreen Shryane farm a 50-head pedigree herd of Angus and Shorthorn cattle in Rooskey, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
The Irwin's long-term goal is to have every cow reaching 100 tonnes of milk, through a combination of management and genetics.
The Mulcahy family, Co. Limerick began their Saler dream in 2009 after stumbling across the breed at the National Ploughing Championships in 2005. They selected the breed for its ease of calving and outstanding pelvic conformation.
Catherina meets Dave Cummins who is a pedigree Angus and Simmental cattle breeder and a brand ambassador for Porterhouse Brewing Company and The Dingle Whiskey Distillery.
John Clarke, Co. Roscommon established a Beef Shorthorn herd in 2006. He has sold numerous bulls to AI and played a key role in the development of the Irish Shorthorn Society.
Catherina meets John Morahan, a suckler farmer and a multi-prize winning sheep breeder from Co. Mayo.
On Farmer Focus this week, That’sFarming speak to Westport native and suckler farmer, Mr. Luke Garavan. Read his story in full below.
Catherina meets William Horgan who runs a herd of 110 pedigree registered Holstein Friesian cows. The Kerry breeder strives to breed a "medium-sized; functional and long-lasting" cow.
The Alexander family, Co. Down produce and sell premium grass-fed Dexter beef directly to customers. They have claimed their fair share of accolades on the show circuit.
Managed under the ‘Emerald’ prefix, the Neville family, Co. Limerick has garnered international attention with their prize-winning Holstein herd.
A trip to France inspired Alaster Swift, Co. Wexford to become a prize-winning Parthenaise cattle and Rouge de l’Ouest sheep breeder.
Sean Hayden runs one of Ireland’s only herds of Stabiliser cattle. One of the most recent batches of commercial bulls were slaughtered at 13.6 months and achieved a cold carcass weight of 365kg.