WATCH: Growing 15t DM/Ha in Limerick


John and Olivia Macnamara - Starview, Knockainey, Co. Limerick were crowned the 2018 Grassland Farmer of the Year winners.

Last year, cows produced an average of 483kgs of milk solids, while the farm produced over 1-tonne of milk solids per hectare.

They are opening up their farm to allow beef, dairy and sheep producers to gain an insight into their system which is set up to achieve 280-290 days at grass; the open day will take place

next Wednesday (April 24th) at 11am.

Powering Ahead

This is a farm, while heavy in nature, grew 15-tonnes of Dry Matter per hectare consistently from 2012 to 2017.

“We focus on soil fertility, grazing infrastructure, measuring grass and reseeding to produce quality milk and thus, minimising the cost of production.” John said.

As a result, milk solids have increased by 80kgs per cow since 2014; John believes this is due to the inclusion of quality grass in the herd's diet and improved genetics.

“Our farm management aim is made up of three critical pieces – grass, people and cows.” He explained.

“There is nothing extraordinary, fancy or unrealistic to what we do here on this farm.”

“We make sure that we review and set achievement targets for ourselves here on the farm.” John concluded.

Image source: Teagasc

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