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John Ryan - Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary

Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Focus

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  • John is farming with his father Tom near Gortnahoe in Co. Tipperary. They are farming 81 Ha.
  • In 2023 they are milking 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 18th September 2023

John Ryan Farm 18th September 2023

  • Milk litres/Day: 17.5
  • Fat %: 4.76
  • Protein %: 3.8
  • Milk Solids/Day kg: 1.54
  • SCC: 222             
  • Meal Kg: 3
  • Average Farm Cover: 988
  • Cover per cow: 229
  • Growth Rate: 35
  • Demand: 43


  • Grazing is getting tricky with wet weather conditions.  Growth has slowed down on the farm.
  • Cows on 5kg zero graze grass.


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