In this article, That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, takes a look at some of the most popular videos, we have shared across our social media platforms.
How zero-grazing changed my life
That’s Farming visited the farm of Tim Mannion, a 120-acre dairy farmer, who has been zero-grazing for over one decade now.
He said: “There was an awful lot of stress out of milking cows and at that, we were not getting the full potential out of the cows”.
“That is why I looked at zero-grazing. There were people operating this system overseas, and I started to look at it as an option to scale-up the whole business.”
Zero-grazing – Is it the way forward for finishing cattle?
That’s Farming paid a visit to the farm of Shane Reilly in Co Mayo, where he is finishing cattle with the help of a Zero-Grazer. Shane is not providing the cattle with any meal and is finishing the cattle on a pure grass-fed diet.
One of Ireland’s first robotic dairy farms
We also visited Rory Delaney, a former 80-suckler cow farmer who made the jump to robotic milking in recent years, on his farm just outside Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo.
How one child’s quick-thinking saved his father’s life
Peter Gohery from Eyrecourt, who farms a suckler cow herd, lost his leg in a PTO accident, but it could have been so much worse if it was not for the quick thinking of his then 10-year-old son.
Milking water buffalo in west Cork
Johnny Lynch from West Cork had been working as a dairy farmer in 2009, and he realised that by 2015, the quotas were being removed and that would cause a decline in milk prices, so he had to make a decision.
Johnny did stay in dairy; however, he traded his herd of cows to a herd of Water Buffalo. If making mozzarella cheese didn’t work, then he could start selling their meat.
“Water Buffalo are a very healthy animal, the milk is much more like goats’ milk than cows, so you have a much higher yield for making cheese”, said Johnny.
The farmer travelled to Italy for a couple of weeks to learn the process of mozzarella making.
The Lynch family did learn; however, they also employed a professional cheesemaker – Seán Ferry.
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