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Heavy Soils Farm Walk - John Leahy

Heavy Soils Farm Walk - John Leahy

Attendees at this Heavy Soils Farm Walk taking place on Wednesday, 22nd June at 11am on the farm of John Leahy, Athea, Co. Limerick, V94 H7Y7 will gain an insight into the lessons learned on a commercial research farm over 10 years as part of the Heavy Soils Programme (HSP). Get more details here

Topics covered and speakers include:

  • Farm introduction 
    Shane Randles, Teagasc
  • Soil Fertility,
    Ger Courtney, Teagasc and Dr David Corbett, Grassland Agro
  • Clover & Reseeding
    John Maher, Teagasc Grass10
  • Infrastructure and Drainage
    Dr Patrick Tuohy, Teagasc
  • Lessons learned as part of the Heavy Soils Programme
    Tomas Condon, Teagasc

John Leahy's farm

This West Limerick farm is located near Athea on the Limerick /Kerry border.
The farm comprises a milking block of 52ha with 12 ha split by a public roadway.
The soil is a heavy mineral soil with an exceptionally wet block of 8-10 ha composed of peat overlying impermeable clay.


John Leahy, Athea, Co. Limerick; “The main focus of being in the programme has been to increase the profitability of the farm by growing and utilising more grass. My advice to anyone on heavy soils would be to firstly improve soil fertility and drainage before spending on concrete or facilities”


The Heavy Soils programme

The Heavy Soils programme aims to improve the profitability of grassland farms on heavy soils through the adoption of key technologies including: appropriate drainage solutions, high quality pasture management, land improvement strategies and efficient herd management.

The Heavy Soils Programme was created in partnership with Kerry Agribusiness, Dairygold Co-Op and Tipperary Co-Op and is a collaboration between Teagasc Research and Advisory personnel. 

Find out more about the Heavy Soils Programme