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John Ryan's Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Walk


A farm walk with John Ryan, farmer participant in the Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Programme took place on Friday, 8 October on his farm in Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary. John and his father Tom are farming 70 Ha near Gortnahoe, Co.Tipperary. In 2019, they milked 138 cows. Read more on the farm walk here

In 2019, they milked 138 cows and reared 30 replacement units. The overall stocking rate is 2.3 LU/ Ha and the milking platform stocking rate is 4 cows/Ha.  Read more about John's farm here.

Topics discussed during the farm walk included:

  • Carbon footprint explained
  • Water quality
  • Biodiversity
  • Grass and cow performance update
  • Animal Health 

You can view the event proceeding here or watch the videos below to get an insight into the steps he is taking to reduce the carbon footprint on his farm.

Biodiversity on the farm

John Ryan, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer has improved the biodiversity on his farm in recent years. In this video, Sandra Hayes, Teagasc Advisor, Tipperary chats with John to get an insight into how he is maintaining and improving biodiversity on the farm.

Biodiversity on the farm

John Ryan, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer has improved the biodiversity on his farm in recent years. In this video, Sandra Hayes, Teagasc Advisor, Tipperary chats with John to get an insight into how he is maintaining and improving biodiversity on the farm.

Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)

John Ryan, Teagasc Glanbia Future Farmer has been spreading slurry using the trailing shoe for a number of years, as a means of reducing his carbon footprint. In the clip below Sandra Hayes, Teagasc Advisor, Tipperary & John discuss this in more detail.

Protected Urea

John Ryan, Teagasc Glanbia Future Farmer has been using protected urea on the farm to try and keep P & K levels up and to reduce the carbon footprint on the farm. John & Sandra Hayes, Teagasc Advisor, Tipperary discuss this as well as his fodder budget in this short clip.

Find out more about the Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farm Programme here