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VIDEO: Moving from 24 to 317 cows

Cathal Moran, Co. Kilkenny took the reins of the family dairy, tillage and sheep farm in 1998.

The Open Source Future Farm Programme participant has expanded the herd from 24 cows to 317 during this period. “We wouldn’t be fully stocked on the milking platform yet. We will probably go to something of three-and-a-quarter cows per hectare depending on grass utilisation and growth.” Moran explained.

Going forward, his main focus is to grow more grass and increase output per cow, while continuing to farm in a sustainable and environmental manner. “Ultimately, we want to make sure that we leave the environment in a better place when we have finished our careers as farmers.”

Video produced and edited by Teagasc

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