The Devenish Lands at Dowth, Dowth, Co. Meath
The Lands at Dowth is a beef and sheep farm, surrounded by the River Boyne. The farm is c.180ha, with 91ha of grassland, some of which is leased to a neighbouring farmer. A grazing platform of 36ha at 2LU/ha is used for a research experiment called Heartland. Mid-season lambing sheep flock consists of 100 SuffolkX ewes, bred to Texel rams, rotationally co-graze with 80 heifers from the dairy herd (Angus or HerefordX) to finish from herbage only. The objective is to be carbon neutral by 2025 through research into carbon sequestration, soil improvement, multispecies swards and silvopasture.