Peter McGuinness - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition, Peter McGuinness is a tillage and sheep farmer from Trim, Co. Meath. Peter is a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course. In 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha. Join the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to see the winner!
Over 800 ewes are lambed each year. Single and twin bearing ewes are wintered outdoors and triplets are housed. All ewes are lambed outdoors on grass with lambing starting in mid-March. Ewes run in groups of about 250 and rotated around a mix of permanent and temporary paddocks. After weaning, lambs are creeped ahead of the ewes to ensure good liveweight gain from grass. Lambs are drafted by mid-October to have grass for the ewes for the autumn.
Soil fertility is good on the farm with slurry from a B&B cattle unit in the yard applied back on to silage ground through LESS. Over 10% of the farm is being reseeded each year also.
Peter does all the measuring on the farm which is something he began on his work placement in New Zealand. This is crucial to have ewes and lambs grazing the right grass all year round.
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