Strathroy supplier on milking 200 Holsteins in Wexford
My week... Sam Rose
Sam Rose is delighted with the current spell of warm weather and is looking forward to getting to a second cut of silage at his farm in Linnannagh outside Gorey in Co Wexford very shortly.
"I really wasn't expecting a second cut so soon but the growth has been massive down here over the past while. We are not complaining".
The 56-year-old runs a herd of 200 Holstein with the help of his sons David (32) and Philip (30) at their 130 acre home farm and on an additional 140 acres rented in the Gorey hinterland.
The Holsteins are each producing an average of 28 litres a day of high quality milk for Strathroy.
The rented land is mostly used to produce feed for the herd with some 55 acres of it currently under maize and the rest producing the first and second cuts of silage.
It's a system which works for Sam but with some of the rented land eight miles away from his homeplace, it can be costly in terms of the transportation of both animals and feedstuff.
"It is an expensive overhead transporting animals six, seven and eight miles from the home farm and transporting the silage and maize but that's the way it is," he says.
Sam also has to keep a constant eye on his stocking rates to make sure that no part of the enterprise is overstocked.