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Future Beef Grass Update with Aonghusa Fahy

Mícheál Kelly, Teagasc Drystock advisor, Athenry, is on the farm of Aonghusa Fahy, Future Beef Programme participant in Tullira, Ardrahan, Co. Galway to discuss his current grassland management in a video here. Catch up on his breeding plans too in the latest BeefEdge podcast.

Aonghusa farms with his wife Olivia and daughter Kaylain in Tullira, Ardrahan, Co. Galway. He is part-time farming and working full-time off farm as a secondary school teacher. He farms 58Ha, 22 in Ardrahan, Co. Galway and 26 in Tulla, Co. Clare, 36km away.

There are 30 suckler cows on farm bringing progeny to beef while also selling exceptional weanlings.

The farm is paddocked with weekly grass measurements being taken with a grasshopper and recorded on pasturebase. Each paddock is cut at least once throughout the season to maintain quality and Aonghusa was able to make enough silage from surplus bales this year to feed all the cows for the winter. Additional infrastructure is being added to improve grazing management on the Tulla farm and this is an ongoing project. The farm is growing good covers of grass but the utilisation and management of this is difficult until the grazing infrastructure is improved.

Grass Update

Aonghusa's average farm cover is 470 kg DM/ha which is low and Aonghusa is supplementing with silage to get his covers back on track. Slurry was spread in early march and early April with 80% of the the farm covered with slurry. He also applied 30 units/acre of protected urea in early March across the farm. Aonghusa hasn't dedicated silage fields on the farm but instead suplus grass is cut from the paddocks right across the farm.

Find out more about what Aonghusa has to say in the update in the video below. 


Future Beef programme participant Aonghusa Fahy from Co. Galway joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with an insight into his plan for the breeding season ahead. Have a listen to his breeding plan below.

Find out more about the farm of Aonghusa Fahy here.

For more information please visit Teagasc Future Beef Programme Farms

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