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Michael and John Prendergast

Farmer Michael & John Prendergast
Location Roundfort, Co. Mayo
Farm Description 53 ha of grassland in two divisions. Mid-season lambing sheep only enterprise.
Teagasc Advisor Eamonn Patten

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 

  • Implement Terminal X Maternal reciprocal cross (Suffolk x Belclare)
  • Pull back lambing date by approximately 2 weeks
  • Use performance recorded rams
  • Look at options for lambing replacement ewes as yearlings
  • Target output 1.70 lambs weaned/ewe joined

Grassland management

  • Focused on increasing production and improving utilisation
  • Address soil fertility issues
  • Improve grazing infrastructure – permanent and temporary divisions
  • Reseeding policy
  • Grass measuring and budgeting – using Pasturebase

Flock management

  • Plan to expand flock to between 475 and 500 ewes over next 3 years
  • Increase housing capacity to accommodate extra ewes
  • Improve silage quality
  • Target nutritional management
  • Defined winter management plan

Health

  • Implement flock health plan