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Grassland Farmer of the Year 2022 Farm Walks

The Grassland Farmer of the Year awards rewards the top grassland farmers in the country who are growing and utilising more grass on their farms in a sustainable manner.

The Grassland Farmer of the Year awards are part of the Teagasc Grass10 Campaign which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Teagasc, AIB, FBD, Grassland Agro and the Irish Farmers Journal. 

See details of the farm walks taking place below 

Michael Walsh - Mixed Soils Category Winner

Thursday, 20th July | 11am

Farm of Michael Walsh, Stanhope Street, Ballinakill, Co. Laois. Eircode: R32 VK16.

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Michael Cunniffe - Drystock Enterprise Runner-up

Thursday, 31st August | 6:30pm

Farm of Michael Cunniffe, Mount Prospect, Co. Roscommon. Eircode: F42 DH79.

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David Gannon - Dairy Enterprise Winner

Thursday, 7th September | 11am

Farm of David Gannon, Riverville, Craughwell, Co. Galway. Eircode: H91 YWV5.

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Diarmaid Fitzgerald - Young Farmer & Overall Winner

Thursday, 14th September | 11am

Farm of Diarmaid Fitzgerald, Brickhill, Cratloe, Co. Clare. Eircode: V95 EP9F.

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Previous Farm Walks

John Casey - Clover/Sustainable Farming Winner

Friday, 16th June | 11am

Farm of Michael and John Casey, Causeway, Co. Kerry. 

Michael McGuigan - Drystock Enterprise and Innovation in Grassland Winner

Thursday, 6th July | 6:30pm

Farm of Michael McGuigan, Blackwater Farm, Clongiffen, Longwood, Co. Meath. 

Previous Events

PastureBase Week

The ultimate PastureBase preparation for grazing ‘23!

Monday, 16th - Friday, 20th January | 1pm - 2pm

The Teagasc Grass10 team hosted a week of informative webinars on using and getting the best use from PastureBase. PastureBase Week consisted of a 1 hour webinar at 1pm each day from Monday, 16th - Friday, 20th January

Watch back the recordings of each day below

Monday, 16th January | 1pm

Registering, Setting up paddocks & farm mapping

Starting off the week, Monday’s session was aimed at people who are new to PastureBase Ireland. Joseph Dunphy and John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 started by showing you how to get registered on PastureBase Ireland. The team then moved on to setting up the different paddocks on your grazing block and creating a farm map.

Watch back the recording below

Tuesday, 17th January | 1pm

Completing a grass walk & key terminology

On Tuesday, Joseph Dunphy and John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 began by completing a grass walk both on the desktop version and also on the PastureBase app. Once this is completed they helped you to understand the key terminology that is on the weekly wedge.

Watch back the recording below

Wednesday, 18th January | 1pm

Projected Planner & making decisions off your grass wedge

Joseph Dunphy and John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 start getting into more detail with your PastureBase grass wedge. Firstly they looked at the projected planner which helps you to run scenarios for your farm throughout the grazing season. They then looked at the other tools and targets for the different times of the year which will help to make better decisions when it comes to grazing management on your farm.

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Thursday, 19th January | 1pm

Rotation planners, grass budget & soil sampling

Joseph Dunphy and John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 showed you how rotation planners help to plan certain areas to graze at different times of the year. The grass budget is also a very popular tool that aids in planning out grazing, particularly in the spring and autumn of the year. The team also introduced you to the soil sampling recording area on PastureBase which will lead us into the area of nutrient management in Friday’s session.

Watch back the recording below

Friday 20th January | 1pm

Fertiliser and slurry recording & clover management

Lastly on Friday, Joseph Dunphy and John Douglas, Teagasc Grass10 looked at nutrient management side of PastureBase Ireland which is becoming increasingly important as we move into an era of lower N use. The team started with showing you how to record slurry, chemical fertiliser, FYM and dairy washings on both the desktop and the app. They then showed you how to view the different reports to view total applications throughout a given year.

To finish they looked at the area of clover management where they showed you how to record different levels of clover in paddocks so as to leave it easier for N management throughout the year.

Watch webinar back below