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Farmer Ronan Delany on his mixed farming system and his plans for the year ahead

Kicking off the first episode of the Beef Edge podcast for 2022, Ronan Delany from Co. Meath gives an insight into his mixed farming system, how he has managed to meet the challenge to reduce age to slaughter and his plans to progress in the year ahead.

Ronan buys in 200 heifers per year and finishes the majority from grass at an average of 19.5 months of age. 

Ronan describes how he buys a variety of breeds of heifers online and due to online bidding, he is buying heifers in marts he would never have stood in before and it makes his life so much easier, he explains.

He also has a flock of 400 ewes which he says has multiple benefits in his mixed beef and sheep grazing system.

Looking to 2022, Ronan hopes to grow more grass and increase the number of heifers he is finishing.

For more episodes and information go to the Beef Edge show page.