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Facts and figures: What are the true costs involved in setting up a paddock system on your farm

The efficient production of extra grass is critical for increased stocking

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The benefits, setting up and development costs of installing a paddock system were outlined at the recent farm walk on the farm of Joe Farrell, Castledermot, Co. Kildare.

Joe's plan is to drive the amount of beef produced on his farm. In doing this he will increase the performance of each individual animal and he will also have a higher stocking rate.

To achieve an increased stocking rate of one livestock unit per hectare from the start of the programme to when it is completed, Joe will need to produce at least three extra tonnes of grass dry matter per hectare. A paddock system will play a critical role in achieving this.