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Patrick Dunne

Farmer Patrick Dunne
Location Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Farm Description Hill grazing (280 ha) on commonage along with 56 ha of green land. Runs both hill and lowland sheep enterprises as well as a suckler cow beef enterprise.
Teagasc Advisor Eoin Woulfe


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

  • Use performance recorded rams
  • Record mating information – single sire mating on proportion of the flock
  • Use a terminal sire on 30% of the flock
  • All lambs tagged at birth
  • Target output 1.20 lambs weaned/ewe joined

Flock management

  • Plan to lamb between 300-350 Cheviot ewes for the hill
  • Aiming to reduce running costs for hill flock
  • Increase time Cheviot ewes are spending on the hill
  • Thin ewes being separated in mid-September for preferential feeding

Grazing management

  • Soil fertility being addressed on enclosed land
  • Targeted fertilizer use on enclosed ground
  • Options being discussed for improving management of hill vegetation


  • Implement flock health plan