Sowing the seeds of success in Edenderry with farm investment
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TOM Groome is a part-time suckler-to-weaning farmer in Edenderry, Co Offaly. He also works as an AI technician for Dovea Genetics.
Tom sees reseeding as an essential on-farm investment which helps to maintain animal performance on his farm. This is largely due to having more grass in spring and autumn, when demand is at its greatest.
During the last six years, Tom has reseeded almost 50pc of his farm. This allows him to get his spring calving cows to grass in February/March, which has real benefits in terms of lower disease among young calves, earlier return to heat by cows and enhanced animal performance.
Early calving and early turnout are very important in achieving a heavy weanling for sale in the autumn.
"Since I have started my reseeding programme grass silage is of much better quality and I have a substantial yield of silage to harvest in the first week of June," Tom says.
" I have found that I am growing more grass and I have set up a series of grazing paddocks to allow me to best utilise this for my cows and calves. I also forward creep graze my calves to ensure they get the best quality grass possible to achieve maximum liveweight gains."
When Tom decides to reseed, he considers the range of reseeding options available. In the past he has always ploughed for reseeding and has found it the most successful way of establishing a new sward.
Some of Tom's land is quite wet, and normally drainage issues have to be sorted out as part of the job.