Organic Dairy Farm Walk - Whitty Family Farm
Type Event Proceeding
Organic Dairy Farm Walk which took place on Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, on the farm of The Whitty Family, Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford.
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Joe and Alicia Whitty farm 62.7Ha (155acres) of utilisable land on the banks of the river Barrow in Dunganstown Co. Wexford. Daughter Eimear, who is in sixth year in secondary school is also actively involved in the daily farming activities and her sisters Aoife and Niamh also live on the farm making this a real family effort.
The Whittys converted to organic farming in 2007 and initially operated a mixed suckler, tillage and free range pig system, with a lot of the pork and beef sold direct to the customer. Joe also ran an agricultural contracting business at the time. But dairy was always at the back of Joe’s head but milk quota restrictions prevented this from happening.
In 2015 Alicia was working off farm and college fees were increasing, they decided to enable them to generate a full time living off the farm, they would convert to organic dairying and Alicia joined Joe in running the farm.
The main enterprise on the farm now is organic dairying with milk supplied to Glenisk for yogurt and milk production.
The Whitty’s are presently preparing to milk 67 cows over the next twelve month period. They currently produce both winter and summer milk, but the majority of the herd calve in the Autumn.
All replacement stock are reared on the farm and much of the winter diet of the cows is sourced from home-grown feeds including grass silage, red clover silage, barley/pea combi crop and oats.