John and Joe Healy
Location: Athboy, Co. Meath
Farm size: 44 Ha
System: Suckler to bull finish
Joe is Farming Part time with the help of his father John. The farm was originally a dairy operation so there are good paddocks and roadways in place. The land is heavy in nature with some areas requiring drainage. Soil fertility is relatively good with some P and K issues to be addressed.
The farm calves down 70 cows from April-June. The plan is to improve grassland management and increase cow numbers from 70 to 85 and to continue producing U-16 month bull beef and slaughtering heifers at 18-20 months. Joe is also looking at the option of purchasing 30 short stay bulls and finishing them with his own.