Sean Barry farms alongside his father Pat in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.
The Barry’s milk 70 cows with stocking rate of 3.2 LU/ha on the milking platform. The milking platform is split in three with a busy main road and minor road.
The farm is mostly heavy soil type and as such has required essential investments in grazing infrastructure, drainage and reseeding to get it to where it is today.
In 2020 the farm grew over 13 T DM/ha. Sean aims to get cows out grazing by 10th March but this varies year to year.
To help this Sean walks the farm daily in early March to identify dry areas within paddocks that the cows can graze.
He also ensures they are not full of silage before going out and uses on-off grazing to get grass into the diet.
Sean included clover in reseeds in 2020 and plans to continue to do this in 2021 but he ensures the soil fertility is correct before this.
The Barry’s cows produced 485 Kg MS per cow (supplied to Dairygold Coop) from 670 kg meal in 2019.