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How I’m pulling back the age of slaughter on my farm

This Roscommon beef farmer explains why he wants each animal to have a shorter stay on his farm, and what steps he’s taking to achieve his goal

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Shorter stay: Shane Keaveney’s stock on his farm at Granlahan, Co Roscommon. Photos: Brian Farrell

Shorter stay: Shane Keaveney’s stock on his farm at Granlahan, Co Roscommon. Photos: Brian Farrell

Shane with his wife Grainne

Shane with his wife Grainne

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Shorter stay: Shane Keaveney’s stock on his farm at Granlahan, Co Roscommon. Photos: Brian Farrell

The recent good weather has made farming life very enjoyable. A lot of jobs have been done over the last few weeks without having to watch the weather forecast the previous night.

While other parts of the country have suffered from drought, with farmers feeding silage to supplement grass, the fine spell has really suited a ‘heavy’ farm like mine. Currently, grass growth rates are over 40kgDM/ha/day, and I am fortunate to have 30 days of grass ahead.


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