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.