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Cathal Crean

Address:Woodpark,Gorey,Co.Wexford

Farm Size:113 Ha (90 Ha grassland and 23 Ha tillage)

Soil type:Macamore soil series (Fine loamy drift over calcareous Irish sea tilt) – Heavy soil type and difficult to manage in periods of heavy rain

Farming system:Spring calving calf-to-beef system with tillage enterprise.

Farm plan:To maintain a farm gross margin of €1000/ha.This will be done by focusing on maintaining an output of beef of €1,800/Ha and keeping production costs within 40-45% of this output.Cows calve from January to early April and males are finished as bulls between 18-20 months and heifers are finished at 22 months of age.Cow milk yield is critical for maximising calf weaning weight and therefore the majority of the cows are black Limousin x Holstein/Friesians.

This farm will aim to demonstrate a high output suckling system on heavy land in the south-east.