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Tim Leader



Tim Leader



Tim farms with his wife Mary and their children Aoife and John. Patrick Rohan works as a full time farm assistant


Kilcorney, Rathcoole,Co Cork

Farm Adviser

Adrian Curtin, Teagasc, Kanturk


Dairy, Dairy Replacements and Calf to Store/Beef


Tim milks 145 dairy cows and runs a calf to store/beef system with the dairy progeny.



The farm is up to 700ft above sea level and can be challenging to get cows out to grass in early spring

Signpost Farm Measures Undertaken

Protected Urea


This is the 3rd year that Tim has used Protected Urea fertilizer instead of CAN on his farm and finds it very satisfactory.



 The EBI of the herd is €152 and the 2021 born heifers have an EBI of €211. The dairy herd calving interval is 366 days with an 83% six week calving rate. In 2020, the cows supplied 501 kg milk solids per head.

Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)



Tim bought a trailing shoe slurry tanker.   He spreads 100% of his slurry using the trailing shoe before the end of May. The use of the trailing shoe has allowed Tim to get more slurry out across more of the farm early in the year.

Soil Fertility



Soil fertility is good whereby 66% of the whole farm is optimum for pH, P and K and this will be further improved on. This will improve Tim’s use of chemical Nitrogen on the farm.

Extended Grazing


Tim is measuring grass on PastureBase Ireland to improve his grassland management and extend his grazing season each year.




Tim plans to increase the amount of clover in his grassland swards to reduce chemical Nitrogen spread on farm. Tim included 1.5kg/acre of clover into reseeded paddocks this year.

Other Actions


Tim planted 2ha of a broadleaf/conifer mixed forest on his farm in 2017. Any trees that failed have been replanted

Farm Video