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UGS Spring Farm Visit 2024

The Ulster Grassland Society’s spring meeting visited the Beattie family farm 195 Garryduff Road, Dunloy, on Tuesday 30th April.

Robert Beattie and his three sons are involved in the 180-cow dairy unit. Robert is the sixth generation on the farm with dairying being the main focus since 1989. Altitude of the farm is 145-165 metres. Much of the farm has peaty soils and therefore more difficult to manage.  A great deal of attention is paid to maintaining soils in high fertility.

At present there are 180 Holstein cows milking, with 120 replacements, with a stocking rate of 244 CE/Ha. Eight hectares of winter rye are also grown on the farm for silage. Turnout of the cows is usually in mid-April with in-calf heifers turned out late April – early May. The herd is presently producing 10,000 litres on 3.8 tonnes of concentrates.

Calving is between September and April with 70% calved by Christmas. Sexed semen is used on maiden heifers and selected cows in the herd. Maiden heifers are on a set time breeding programme with sexed semen and then a sweeper bull is introduced to catch any repeats.

Thanks to McAuley Multimedia captured some of those who attended.

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