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John Doyle

Farmer John Doyle
Location Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Farm Description 74 Ha (50 ha grass & 24 ha tillage) in 4 main divisions. Sheep enterprise containing a early lambing, mid-season lambing flock and yearling flock; tillage enterprise comprising mainly of barley for feed along with a suckler cow enterprise
Teagasc Advisor Martina Harrington

Documents

Farm Plan

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

Breeding policy

  • Increasing ewe flock to 400 ewes plus 100 replacements (lambing)
  • Split flock to allow for expansion
  • Early lambing flock – all in all out system
  • Increase ewe output – more prolific sires
  • Mate ewe lambs
  • Synchronise early lamb flock
  • Target output of >1.6 lambs weaned/ewe joined from ewe flock

Grassland management

  • Target grazing areas e.g. early lamb flock
  • Address soil fertility issues
  • Improve grazing infrastructure – permanent and temporary divisions
  • Reseeding – incorporate with tillage rotation
  • Grass measuring and budgeting – using Pasturebase

Flock management

  • Increase stocking rate
  • Address winter housing issues
  • Improve handling facilities
  • Improve silage quality
  • Target nutritional management
  • Defined winter management plan

Health

  • Implement flock health plan