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Brian Rushe - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020

In this short clip Brian Rushe, Kildare dairy farmer details the practices that he has adopted to improve the efficiency of his dairy farming enterprise. Brian converted to dairying in 2013 from a suckler to beef and tillage farm. He shares his focus on breeding for fertility and on soil fertility

Brian Rushe is Deputy President of the Irish Farmers’ Association and is a member of the Teagasc Authority. 

Brian Rushe was farming a Suckler to beef enterprise and finished bulls and heifers on his farm where he also grew Winter Wheat and Barley in Co. Kildare along with his wife and two sons. On converting to dairying in 2013 his first task was to take soil samples.

Soil analysis indicated that pH levels were low and soil P and K indexes were sub-optimal. This has been corrected. Grass budgeting has helped them to keep grass quality right throughout the grazing season. This year they have grown 14 tonnes of grass dry matter per hectare and are on target to produce 470-480 kg milk solids per cow with a sub 10% empty rate on 700 kg of meal.

Today Brian places great emphasis on regular soil testing and on grass budgeting. See what he has to say in this video.