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Robert Abbott

Longford

Location: Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

Farm Size: 30.4ha Variable

System: Suckler to Weanling

Details:

Currently split calving spring and summer. Robert also runs a small sheep flock on the farm so cashflow is good throughout the summer. Output on the farm is low, like most weanling producers and going forward he intends to finish more stock.

Soil fertility is on the low side but paddocks are fairly well laid out already. Robert is in the middle of reseeding a big block of ground and the plan would be to reseed the whole farm over the duration of the programme.

In 2018, he plans to have a simpler system streamlining the calving period by going all spring-March/April. A later spring calving suits the land type and it’ll tie in well with his small sheep enterprise as his flock lambs down in January.