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Mike Bemingham - Dairy Enterprise Winner

Enterprise: Dairy Farming

From: Knockananig, Ballyhooly, Co. Cork

Farm Size: 47 ha

Annual Tonnage: Avg 14 T Grass DM/Ha (3 year avg)

Number of Grazings: 8.3 Grazings/Paddock/Year

Stocking Rate:   2.35 LU/Ha (Milking Platform) 2.35 LU/Ha (Whole Farm)

Kg MS/Ha: 1300 KgMS/Ha (Whole Farm)

Mike is the 2019 Dairy Category Grassland Farmer of the Year. The farm is located at 500-600 ft above sea level and is facing north. He is a recent entrant into dairy farming and supplies milk to Dairygold Co-Op with a herd size of 110 cows. Last year the cows produced over 570 kg MS/cow which is the highest output herd in the competition. All the land is in one block (cows and silage) and heifers are contract reared. 

Spring Grazing Plan Jan 2020

Mike Bermingham gives an update on his grazing plans for 2020

Grassland Performance 2020

Mike's grassland performance will be added to this section at the key stages of the 2020 grazing season

Start of Grazing 2020 


Start of 2nd rotation


August -building up

Start of closing off

End of grazing 2020