Downpatrick family to host event to farm event

Downpatrick family to host event to farm event

22 August 2018

TAKING early proactive management to deal with grass shortages will be the key discussion point at a farm walk on a Downpatrick farm next week.

The event takes place on the farm of Paul and Frank Turley, 11 Struell Wells Road, next Wednesday, August 29, at 6pm.

Paul and his son Frank run 190 Angus x British Friesian suckler cows on 400 acres with progeny finished as heifers and steers at 17-18 months. They also rear and finish 100 dairy origin Angus x Holstein cattle at 19-22 months.  

Paul and Frank place a strong emphasis on good grassland management across the farm to ensure optimum performance can be achieved from grass.  Cattle are finished without concentrates.

Frank commented, “We believe in weekly grass measuring and budgeting.  It allows us not only to grow more grass but also enables maximal grass utilisation, which lowers the production cost of our beef system.”

Paul and Frank are participating in the GrassCheck project which involves weekly recording of grass growth across the grazing platform. 

Weekly grass measurement was of critical importance in helping Paul and Frank proactively manage the impact of the recent severe drought.

With this information they were able to take informed and timely decisions to mitigate the impact of the prolonged spell of severely depressed grass growth. 

At the farm walk there will be the opportunity to hear about the GrassCheck project and the 2018 season so far, the farm’s grazing management approach, including how they proactively managed the recent drought and options to get the most out of grass this autumn. The event will also focus on forage budgeting for the winter months.

In the interests of biosecurity those attending are asked to wear clean clothing not previously worn while in direct contact with their own animals. Outdoor work boots should not be worn. Protective overalls and footwear will be provided.