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Tom & Peter McGuinness - 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmers of the Year - Farm Walk


Join us at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday, 7 July for a farm walk on the farm of the 2020 Sheep Grassland Farmer of the Year, Peter & Tom McGuinness on their sheep farm outside Trim, Co. Meath. Peter talks about their sheep farm in a short video here

Peter & Tom McGuinness are tillage and sheep farmers from Trim, Co. Meath. The McGuinness’s have continuously strived to improve the performance of the lambs on their farm through better soil fertility, using a paddock system and reseeding.

Their grazing management was taken to the next level when Peter began measuring grass. This has made a huge difference to farm performance and every sheep farmer should take the opportunity to see it for themselves! 

Peter talks about their farm here below

Sheep

  • 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 and grassland

  • 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.
  • Peter is also a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course and in 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha.

The McGuinness farm also featured here in the recent IGA Sheep Event 2021 No 1: McGuinness Farm Co Meath

The McGuinness farm Trim, Co. Meath, Eircode: C15YE30 

See more here about Peter & Tom McGuinness