Back from Australia to expand the family farm
Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30
THE next Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Farm Walk will take place on Conor Greene's farm at Rathowen, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on July 14 with walks starting at 2pm and 6pm.
This event will focus on Conor's calf to beef system and will feature speakers from MSD Animal Health, Kepak and Teagasc. Conor will also be available to answer any questions in relation to his farming system and his calf to beef enterprise.
Conor returned home from Australia in 2012 to take over the family farm. The farm consists of 66ha which is all in the one block with 9ha rented. The farm was traditionally a fattening enterprise of approximately 50 Friesian steers at 30 months of age.
Prior to joining the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef programme, Conor had increased the number of animals reared and finished to 70.
All the calves were purchased locally from a dairy farmer in the February to April period. These calves were predominantly Friesian bulls and the last 20 were generally Hereford bull calves.
Calves are reared on milk replacer plus concentrate and straw for the first ten weeks and would then go to grass for their first grazing season.
As Conor is working full-time, he decided to purchase an automatic milk feeder in 2013 to reduce the amount of labour required in the calf rearing phase.
Calves were previously castrated in October, but he now plans to complete this task earlier in the year to reduce stress on man and beast.