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Shane Cranny

Location: Myshall, Co. Carlow

Farm size: 31ha

Current System: Friesian calf to store

Local Teagasc Advisor: Hugh Mahon

A recent graduate of the Teagasc Green Cert Programme, Shane Cranny operates a dairy calf to store operation in Myshall, Co. Carlow.

He previously purchased 50 spring-born Friesian bull calves annually; the majority of which were carried to the store stage and sold on the live market as steers.

In 2018, he made the switch to autumn-born calves and a mixture of 50 Friesian, Hereford and Fleckvieh bulls were purchased. These are targeted for steer beef at 22-24 months of age.

Shane also has a herd of 13 suckler cows and when combined with the calf to store enterprise, this brings the overall farm stocking rate to 2.15LU/ha.

Although Shane is quite advanced in terms of the grazing infrastructure in place on the farm, with a paddock system installed, a focus will be placed on soil fertility and reseeding to maximise grass production.

Winter housing is also a limiting factor and this will be addressed over the duration of the three year programme to enable Shane to transition to a calf to beef system.

Alongside the farm, Shane also works two days per week in a local livestock mart.

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