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 2 – Dairy farms
O’Neill Family Farm, Artigarvan, Co Tyrone
The 106 ha O’Neill family farm is situated 4 miles from Strabane in the rolling hills of North Tyrone. Albert and his brother Wesley farm in partnership with their parents. The main enterprise is a herd of 200 autumn/winter calving Holstein X Montbeliarde cows.The rolling herd average is currently 9,300 litres, with 3800 litres from forage. The O’Neill Farm is an Agrisearch Grasscheck farm, measuring grass during the grazing season with regular grass forage analysis also provided and weather data recorded through a weather station on the farm.
For further details of the farm, click here.
Cochrane Family Farm, Bushmills, Co Antrim
Alastair Cochrane, wife Phyllis, and sons Conor and Alexander farm 230ha at Glentask, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooking the stunning North Antrim coastline between Portrush and Bushmills. The dairy herd has recently expanded to 400 milking cows. The herd is self-contained and maintains a tight autumn calving pattern. Milk yield is 9100 litres/cow at 4.30% BF and 3.40% Protein. Originally a Holstein herd, the cows are now crossed to Montbeliarde to improve health, fertility and milk quality.
To read more about the farm, click here.
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