Shane and John P. Fitzgerald, Portlaw East, Co. Waterford
Shane is farming with his father near Portlaw Co. Waterford. They are farming 92 Ha of which 30 Ha is leased. All the land is available to cows. The heifers are contract reared. They are currently milking 200 cows with an EBI of €138. The plan is to milk 210 cows & increase the solids produced per cow by 40 kg trough better genetics, fertility and grass. The EBI of the younger stock is €185. All infrastructures on the farm have been upgraded. The calving interval for the herd is 371 days with a six week calving rate of 88%. They make their own silage and spread their own fertilizer & slurry.