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.