Farming at 900ft – 1000ft above sea level near Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Shane Kinsella milks 88 cows with a whole farm stocking rate of 2.9 LU/Ha.
He has put great effort into his grazing infrastructure which is top class and helps labour efficiency allowing Shane to work off farm.
To help with this slurry and fertiliser applications are also outsourced which requires precise planning to ensure the right paddocks are getting the right nutrients.
Shane feeds a high level of meal, in 2019, 1.8 T per cow was fed however milk production was also high at 655 Kg MS per cow supplied to Glanbia.
Over 80% of the farm has been reseeded since Shane took over farming in 2014, this helped him grow 16.9 T DM/ha in 2020.
Shane is a member of his local Grass10 grazing course.