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David Mitchell

Address:Shantonagh,Castleblaney,Co.Monaghan

Farm Size:51 ha – 6 ha of which is leased

Farming system:43 cows,finishing all stock on farm,steers at 26 months and heifers at 20-22 months

Farm Plan:David is aiming for a €1000/ha gross margin.David generally achieves a 320kg carcass on heifers and a 400 kg carcass on his steers.Most of the liveweight gain on his stock is from grass with the expensive indoor finishing period kept to a minimum.David plans to improve his grassland management skills by measuring weekly,incorporating more paddocks and reseeding a percentage of his land annually.Output will be driven up by rising stocking rate but at a cautious level given the heavy nature of the land in the area and susceptibility to long winters.