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Donie Aherne

Address:Main Street,Kilteely,Co.Limerick

Farm Size:68 ha,30 owned

Soil Type:Predominantly Dry,deep clay soil

Farming system:Suckler to finish,bulls at 16-18 months,heifers 18-20 months

Farm Plan:To achieve a gross margin of €1000/ha by 2016.This will be done by increasing cow numbers from 70 to 85,purchasing extra yearling heifers and bulls for finishing.The aim is for a split calving system with 40% autumn and 60% spring.This should lead to 2 separate 10 week calving periods.Donie aims to get as much weight gain as possible on stock from grass to shorten the intensive finishing period indoors.