Emma McCormack, a former That’s Farming contributor, manages a 400-cow dairy unit in Westmeath.
Grasstec recently visited Stokestown Dairies, a grass-based system in Streamstown, where the farm manager provided an insight into the thriving operation.
Emma initially hails from a beef and sheep farm and studied agricultural science at Waterford Institute of Technology and Kildalton Agricultural College.
She studied horticulture for one year, having worked for a local landscaper from her mid-teens, but then returned to the IT to study agriculture.
She gained dairying experienced as a relief milker locally and completed a placement in Scotland in spring 2018. That summer, she secured an office-based position with a construction company in New York before returning to her home soil to work on a pig farm.
She completed her degree in 2019 and worked for a local farmer before joining Stokestown Dairies in January 2020. She has been since promoted to the position of farm manager of the large-scale enterprise.
The farm she works on comprises cross-bred cows – the majority of which are in their second lactation – which are milked through a 5-bail Waikato rotary parlour. They are farmed as part of a spring-calving grass-based system. In recent weeks, the herd peaked at 26.5-litres/cow at 2.09kg/MS/per cow at 4.25% fat and 3.7% protein.
In addition, she has recently leased a farm nearby, where she is rearing surplus dairy heifers, beef heifers and teaser bulls for heat detection.
Grasstec provides livestock services, including sourcing, importing, and exporting dairy livestock for farmers in Ireland, UK, and Europe. Farm-to-farm livestock agents link sellers directly with buyers on a no sale, no fee basis.
Besides, Grasstec also offers farm mapping, farmyard design and sells a range of products. The company aims to “assist the progressive farmer to achieve greater productivity in their farm business”.
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