Watch: ‘Our cows are as happy inside as outside’: Zero grazing farmer on feeding his 1,200 cows
George Bingham from Templepatrick in Co Antrim has a 650-acre farm and 1,200 cows with 650 milking at any one time.
George who recently appeared on the TV show Rare Breed runs a zero grazing system with all of his cows indoors and he brings the grass to them.
“I’m milking quite a large herd. Having enough land around the farmyard to milk cows is not easy and we have quite a fragmented farm.
“You either have to walk the cows further or cross roads,” he said.
Bingham says when he was small and was milking less cows he would only meet half a dozen cars on the road and it was no big deal.
“Then the roads get busier and busier and you’re bringing the cows across at 6am and there’s people on the way to work,” he said.
“George finds zero grazing is cheaper and easier to manage for his size of herd. I know with the sort of summer we had last year, if had put all my cows out to grass the fluctuation in the milk price would have been phenomenal.
“Bringing the grass in you have more of a control on the variables in the business.