Teagasc Green Acres Virtual Farm Walk - Martin Connolly10 September 2020 10 September 2020
The second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef programme was launched in the spring of 2019 and since then Martin along with our 11 other participating farmers have been working closely with our programme advisors Alan Dillon, James Fitzgerald and Seán Cummins on implementing farm plans aimed at achieving a net margin of €500/ha before farm subsidies are taken into account.
On 10 September, we take you onto the farm of Martin Connolly, who farms part time just outside Castleplunket in Co. Roscommon. Martin runs a calf to bull beef system on 60ha of fragmented and slightly heavy land, where he buys in 120 spring-born, dairy-bred male calves and brings them through to slaughter at under c.22 months of age.
Join us on the day as Martin explains some of the main aspects of the system he runs, how the first year and a half of the Teagasc Green Acres programme has gone for him and the targets that he is aiming for as part of his farm plan.
Topics on the day will include:
- Growing Grass and Improving Silage Quality
Small changes on Martins farm has resulted in an additional 200 bales of high quality forage harvested to date and improved sward quality all grazing season. Hear why silage quality is so important for calf-to-beef systems and what steps need to be taken to ensure that a high-quality winter feed is made on farm.
- Achieving a better weight gain
Martin finds that that grass measuring has allowed him to make better decisions in terms of grassland management and he uses PastureBase to keep better control of the pre and post grazing heights on the grazing ground. Hear tips from Martin as to what is helping him to make grassland management easier.
- Achieving Good Herd Health
With a wealth of experience in rearing calves Martin realises the importance of keeping calves as healthy as possible over the rearing stage and the impact that can have on the latter stages of the production system. Learn how sourcing calves from a few known sources, optimising the rearing environment, using the correct feeding regime and regular health checking along with a vaccination programme can all help increase the performance of calves.
You can follow Martins virtual farm walk and interact with Martin and the Teagasc Green Acres advisors on the Teagasc social media platforms below or at www.teagasc.ie/virtualgreenacres