Alkaline treated grain mix proves a winner for innovative Monaghan farm
Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30
Jim and Alison Greer, based in the heart of drumlin country, outside Castleblayney, Co Monaghan have been working to maximise their use of grain over the past few years.
The suckler to beef and sheep farm carries 92 Angus cross cows, with a Charolais bull used as a terminal sire, and 280 ewes of the Easycare breed.
Jim opts for a slightly later calving in late March, April and into the early days of May as his land is very heavy and hilly and he likes to get the cows out straight after calving. The ewes lamb in April outside, which reduces the workload.
The current stocking weight on the farm is 3.15 lu/ha.
Bulls are slaughtered at 14 months of age and the current batch sold off an average 376kg carcass.
Heifers are slaughtered at similar ages and the current group at 14.5 months have averaged 280kg carcase.
The summer finishing suits very well on the Greer farm.
All animals are slaughtered in Kepak, Clonee, where Jim is very satisfied with the relationship he has developed.