Grassland Farmer of the Year Drystock Enterprise Winner - Aidan Maguire Farm Walk31 August 2022 31 August 2022
Venue Navan, Co. Meath. Eircode: C15 W4C2
Join the Teagasc Grass10 team along with the Teagasc DairyBeef500 team on the evening of 31 August at 6.30pm on the farm of Aidan Maguire, Navan, Co. Meath. Aidan is the 2021 Grassland Farmer of the Year in the Drystock Enterprise Category.
More about Aidan
Aidan Maguire is deservedly the 2021 Drystock Grassland Farmer of the Year. The progress this farmer has made in such a short space of time is phenomenal. He joined his local Grass10 group on advice of local advisor and the Dairy-calf to beef programme three years ago. Aidan is the focus farmer for the Grass10 group. He started measuring grass then and went on a steep learning curve to changing how he viewed grass in his farming system.
“The single biggest improvement I made to my farm was to actually measure the grass. To me, it feels like I’m actually counting my money. When the grass is growing well, my business is growing well!” – Aidan
Aidan started to see the right grass cattle should be grazing. This means taking out bales when there’s a surplus to ensure animals graze lighter covers to put on maximum liveweight at the lowest cost. He believes the finishing period is a breakeven exercise so the more weight from grass, the more money in his pocket. Aidan measured the grass on his farm over 50 times last year, this is how seriously he is taking it. His beef output report is over 1,400 Kg liveweight/ha, which is over 3 times the national average!
“Everything you feed in the yard is costing you extra money, the cattle feeding themselves in the field are making it for you!” – Aidan
Having an excellent paddock system, new central (grass) roadway, and measuring has increased grass grown and eaten on his farm whilst reducing the amount of fertiliser spread.
Aidan has clover on a lot of paddocks and it has increased in the past few years with better grazing management and excellent soil fertility. He has reseeded some silage ground with grass and red clover also.
“I used to think the centre of my farm business was the farmyard, but from measuring and managing the grass, I now know that the driving force behind it is really and truly the fields of grass.” – Aidan
This event is an absolute must for any drystock farmer who proudly wants to make more money from farming. There are a lot of valuable lessons to learn from Aidan, his attitude, and his inspiring story. So we hope to see you all there!