Teagasc/Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef Challenge Open Day - Mayo12 September 2019 12 September 2019
Venue Farm of Tommy Holmes, Tullysleeve, Ballina, Co. Mayo. F26 K7W0
Tommy Holmes is farming 18 fragmented hectacres on the outskirts of Ballina in County Mayo. The land itself can be described as predominantly free draining type soil capable of growing high volumes of grass annually.
Since the programme commenced investment in grazing infrastructure, soil fertility and reseeding is paying dividend with the farm recording grass growth in excess of 15tdm/ha annually.
An autumn calving suckler herd is in operation on the farm with all progeny taken to beef. Males are slaughtered as bulls at 16-20 months and heifers of grass as similar ages.
To complement the suckler cows a store to beef operation is in operation on the farm with males been purchased thoughout the year and taken to beef as bulls at similar ages of his own progeny.