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Jarleth Ruane

Location: Corbally, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Farm size: 25ha

Current System: 20-24 month steers

Local Teagasc Advisor: Geraldine Hynes

After graduating from Mountbellew Agricultural College in 2018, Jarleth decided to get more involved with the running of the home farm long side his father Austin.

The first 10 dairy bred calves were bought in 2016 and after the successful rearing of them they decided to further increase numbers in 2017 and 2018 and have plans to rear 60 calves in 2019.

The farm is made up of three blocks of land; two owned (18.5 ha) and one leased (6.5 ha) and is currently stocked at 2.8LU/Ha.

Predominantly Jarleth had been purchasing Aberdeen Angus, Friesian and Friesian cross Jersey bull calves along with 30-35 continental store cattle each year and bringing all to slaughter. He will admit that buying these store cattle in the spring time can tie up a lot of money so therefore is considering increasing calf numbers and reducing the amount of store cattle being bought. There is also a small sheep enterprise on the farm which is used as a means of cash flow throughout the year when cattle sales are low.

A good paddock system including water troughs and road ways have been implemented on the farm recently which allows ease of movement of cattle, good grassland management and herding more simple for Jarleth and Austin as they both work full time off farm.

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