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John Ryan - Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary

Teagasc Tirlan Future Farm

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  • John is farming with his father Tom near Gortnahoe in Co. Tipperary. They are farming 81 Ha.
  • In 2023 they milked 140 cows & reared 30 replacement units.
  • John had 14% of his milking platform with multi species reseeds. All other reseeds are perennial rye grass and white clover.

March Update

Current Farm Update

John Ryan Farm 31st May 2024

John Ryan Farm 31st May 2024

  • Milk litres/Day:       23.3
  • Fat %:                    4.15
  • Protein %:              3.45
  • Milk Solids/Day kg:  1.82
  • SCC:                      168
  • Meal Kg                   3
  • Average Farm Cover:703
  • Cover/cow                142
  • Pre Grazing yield       1500
  • Growth Rate:            73
  • Demand                   74


  • Growth is almost matching demand, grass supply is slightly tight but predicted growth rate for the week ahead should see that recover.
  • 1st cut silage is finished off. Silage yield was a little back, averaging 6.5 bales/acre in certain fields and 8.5 bales/acre on the better silage field


Overview of the farm

This video gives an overview of the farming system. John explains that the farm used to be drystock & tillage but he switched to dairying in 2011. John hopes to improve sustainability by spreading protected urea, using trailing shoe slurry application method & improving the genetic merit of his cows

Updates from Previous Years

View 2020 and 2019 updates