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Donie Aherne

Address: Main Street, Kilteely, Co. Limerick

Farm Size: 68 ha, 30 owned

Soil Type: Predominantly Dry, deep clay soil

Farming system: Suckler to finish, bulls at 16-18 months, heifers 18-20 months

Farm Plan: To achieve a gross margin of €1000/ha by 2016. This will be done by increasing cow numbers from 70 to 85, purchasing extra yearling heifers and bulls for finishing. The aim is for a split calving system with 40% autumn and 60% spring. This should lead to 2 separate 10 week calving periods. Donie aims to get as much weight gain as possible on stock from grass to shorten the intensive finishing period indoors.