John Leahy joined the Kerry Agribusiness/Teagasc Heavy Soils Monitor Farm Programme in 2011.
Teagasc and Kerry Agribusiness saw the potential to increase grass production. “We had 26-acres that wasn’t producing much grass and a suitable test paddock was identified,” said John.
“We wanted to see what type of drainage system would be suitable for the ground, so in 2013, we drained and Gravel-moled and there was a five-acre paddock used as the control and it was re-seeded that year.”
Fertility had become an issue through the herd. They discovered that the pH in the grassland was very low. “500 tonnes has gone out over the milking block and some of the out-block, and that just brought it up to an average of 6.2 over the whole farm” John explained.
A new drainage system was implemented on the farm, as well as the whole farm being soil, sampled.
“When the pH levels rose, I was getting more bang for my buck, the grass measurement really boosted the solids in the cows”.
Since then the quality of grazing ground has improved as well as the grassland management. He now has 26-acres of pastureland on top of the 20-acres that he had been previously using.
“I can push on a small bit with my numbers now.” he concluded.
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