David Brady - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
David Brady is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. David milks 100 cows on his farm near Stradone, Co. Cavan. In 2020 the farm grew 13 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
David milks 100 cows on his farm near Stradone, Co. Cavan on a heavy farm. The farm is stocked at 2.5 LU/ha and has made huge progress over the past number of years to grow and utilise more grass.
David gravel-mole ploughs 5-10 acres of his farm each year transforming the wettest paddocks on the farm to some of the driest he has. These paddocks have gone from growing 5 T DM/ha to 13 T DM/ha. 70% of the rain that falls is drained away within 24 hours.
Soil fertility is a big focus on heavier farms to prepare ground for profitable reseeding. Reseeding is helping to grow more grass.
In 2019, David’s farm grew 14 T DM/ha, this was back to 13 T DM/ha in 2020. He delivered 520 Kg MS per cow (supplied to Lakeland Dairies) from 910 kg meal in 2020. David walked his farm 40 times in 2020 and is also a member of the Grass10 grazing course.
Check out all of the finalists in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition here
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