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Des Powell

Farmer Des Powell
Location Templederry, Co. Tipperary
Farm Description 97 ha of grassland, sheep enterprise with ewes lambing from the start of February and a beef enterprise which is currently focused around a dairy calf to beef system with stock purchased as calves. 
Teagasc Advisor Donnchadh Dowling

Farm Plan

A detailed farm plan was drawn up for the farm and reviewed regularly. A summary of details of the plan are laid out below:

Breeding policy

  • Develop a maternal/terminal reciprocal cross
  • Use high index rams
  • Close flock and select replacements from within
  • Target output of >1.6 lambs weaned/ewe joined from ewe flock

Grassland management

  • Address soil fertility issues (Lime and chemical P & K)
  • Increase number of grazing divisions
  • Improve animal performance from grass
  • Use grass budgeting

Flock management

  • Increase ewe numbers and farm stocking rate
  • Move lambing date to better match grass growth rates
  • Streamline production system