The 2021 BGS Summer Meeting will take place online, and will provide a ‘Flavour of Farming in Ulster’. The four farms on the virtual tour will demonstrate the commitment and enthusiasm of the farming families and the emphasis they place on grassland management to improve the profitability and sustainability of their farm businesses.
Day 1 (Tuesday 29 June, 7.30 pm) will focus on beef and sheep farming and feature visits to Robert Kettyle, Lisnaskea and James Henderson, Kilkeel.
Day 1 – Beef and sheep farms
Henderson Family Farm, Kilkeel, Co Down
James Henderson farms in partnership with wife Brenda and son Scott. The 60 ha family farm is located along the east coast near Kilkeel, with a clear view of the mountains of Mourne. The farm has a dairy-origin beef enterprise of around 90 Aberdeen Angus/British Blue heifer calves purchased at 2-3 weeks of age and finished at 2 years. The Rouge X Texel sheep flock is made up of 250 ewes and 70 ewe lambs, mated to a Primera ram.
For further details of the farm, click here.
Kettyle Family Farm, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh
Robert Kettyle’s 138 ha farm in Co. Fermanagh includes Dernish Island in Upper Lough Erne which accounts for almost 50% of the grazing area. The suckler herd has recently moved to using Aberdeen Angus sires on the Simmental X cows. Cattle are finished and slaughtered on average at 27 months old. Recently cow numbers have been reduced and a dairy origin-beef enterprise has been introduced. Agri-environment management is an important aspect of the farm business.
To read more about the farm, click here.
To book your place at the event, follow this link: Registration (gotowebinar.com)