Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk - JP Hammersley
JP Hammersley, farmer participant of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme will host a farm walk on his farm in Lattin, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 29 September at 3:30pm. The event will be attended by Teagasc Beef Specialists, Signpost programme personnel and Teagasc Tipperary advisors
Hear what JP has to say in this short video clip
JP has been part of the Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme for two and a half years and has implemented changes on the farm which have streamlined his workload, improved the environmental sustainability of the farm and most importantly increased his profit levels from production.
The farm consists of 34 hectares of grassland in one block with 70 calves taken through to slaughter at between 21 and 26 months of age. Age of slaughter is a topical subject at the minute given the reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions that can be achieved for a farmer that reduced the age of slaughter on his farm. JP has reduced his average age of slaughter from 30 months to 24 months over the course of the programme.
Given this is a part time farm, labour availability plays a key role in any decisions to increase production or output on the farm. JP targets 19 hours per week on average labour input which allows him to work a full time off farm job and have family time also.
This farm is also part of the Teagasc Signpost Programme and Teagasc personnel from the Signpost Programme will show how simple changes on a beef farm can result in significantly reduced emissions per kilo of beef sold out the gate.
Profitability is key in any business and this farm has come close to hitting the target €500/ha excluding any premia in 2020 and the hope is that the farm might exceed that target figure in years to come.
The event will be attended by Teagasc Beef Specialists and Teagasc Tipperary advisors who will outline how this farm is quickly becoming one of the success stories in beef farming in Tipperary.
Registration is required
Registration is required prior to attendance due to Covid 19 guidelines and this can be done by ringing Teagasc Clonmel on 052 6121300.