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John O’Sullivan - Grassland Merit Award- Most Improved Grassland

Enterprise: Dairy Farming

From: Castleisland, Co. Kerry

Farm Size: 71Ha (38 Ha Milking Platform)

Annual Tonnage: Avg 13T Grass DM/Ha (3 yrs)

Number of Grazings: 8.1 Grazings/Paddock/Year

Stocking Rate: 2.8 LU/Ha (Milking Platform) 1.9 LU/Ha (Whole Farm)
KgMS/Ha: 770 KgMS/Ha (Whole Farm)

John is the 2019 Grassland Merit Award Winner for Most Improved Grassland. John farms on heavy soils in Castleisland, Co. Kerry. John got this award as he has made significant progress in grassland on the farm over the past few years. There have been large improvements in soil fertility, especially lime status. There has been significant investment in land drainage and more recently in grazing infrastructure