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Teagasc Green Acres Farm Walk

Event Time 2:30pm
Venue Thomas & Peter O’Hanrahan, Kiljames, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Eircode: R95 VH01
The second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme was launched in April 2019. 14 demonstration farmers located around the country are participating with the primary aim of the programme being to achieve a net margin of €500/ha (excluding premia). The main areas being focused on are: Calf Rearing, Animal Health, Grassland Management, Soil Fertility, Financial Management and Farm Planning

Peter O'Hanrahan who farms in partnership with his father Tom, transitioned from a suckler enterprise to calf to beef production a number of years ago  and has built numbers to increase output over recent years.

Between the autumn of 2017 and the spring of 2018, 160 calves were purchased. The majority of these are Friesian bulls, destined to be finished off grass as steers during the third grazing season at 27-29 months.

Early maturing steers and heifers also form part of the system. These are slaughtered at 18-24 months to provide cash flow.

Peter has invested heavily in the business in recent years and has developed a purpose built calf shed - equipped with an automatic calf feeder – and a new slatted shed. He hopes to carry 180 calves in the spring of 2019 – reared in two batches of 90.

Although the housing facilities on the farm are excellent, a special focus needs to be placed on paddock size and layout; making improvements in this area, while also increasing output further, will be targeted over the three years of the programme.

Join us on Peter and Toms farm on 10 October and see how they are getting on in the Teagasc Green Acres programme.  

Read more about Peter here