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Sunday 23 October 2016

Green Acres farm walks commence

Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30

The first of a series of Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Farm walks will take on Ben Sweeney's farm at Enfield, Co Meath on Wednesday, February 3, starting at 11am.

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The walk will focus primarily on calf rearing with three main stands dealing with calf nutrition, calf health and calf housing. Experts will be on hand from Volac, MSD Animal Health, Drummonds and Teagasc. Ben will also be available to answer any questions in relation to his farming system and calf rearing practises.

All aspects of calf rearing will be discussed and anyone with any interest in calf rearing, nutrition and health should attend.

Parking will be available at the Church of Assumption, Enfield (Jordanstown Church), 3km from the farm and farmers will be bussed from there. There will be no parking facilities on farm so please follow signs to the church car park. Directions will be in place from Enfield.

Ben, originally from Galway moved to Enfield in the 1980s and he now farms over 260 acres. There are 25 suckler cows and followers on the farm and up to 200 calves are reared each year.

These calves are primarily Friesian bull calves that are intended for slaughter at 18 months. The calves are reared using different methods. Some are reared on an automatic Volac feeder, some on teat feeders.

In order to make maximum use of the automatic feeder, a number of batches are reared throughout the year, with one batch reared before Christmas and generally two batches reared in the spring.

Gordon Peppard is the programme advisor for Teagasc Green Acres programme email:

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