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Frank and Des Beirne

Address: Newtownforbes, Co.Longford

Teagasc Advisor: Shane Devaney

Farm Size: 81ha of which 31ha is rented

Farming system: The land is divided into four blocks which are situated with a six mile radius. We run 95 predominately Charolais, Limousin and Simmental cross cows. We also run a small pedigree Charolais enterprise. It is a split autumn and spring calving here with three Charolais stock bulls used and Limousin used on replacement heifers. AI is used to breed replacements. All calves produced on the farm except for replacements are brought to finish.

Farm Plan: Changes have been made to shed to comfortably house all cows and followers. Increasing efficient on the farm is a main focus in the future. It is essential that each cow cows hard and achieve more cheap gain from grass. A reseeding programme on the farm is essential to maintain performance from grass in order to increase output on the farm.