Special farming event at Maam Cross

By Marion Fox

TEAGASC, in conjunction with Conradh na Gaeilge, are holding an Irish Farming Event on Thursday,  November 15, in Peacocke’s of Maam Cross from 6pm to 8pm. A mixture of Irish and English will be used throughout the event to celebrate “Bliain na Gaeilge”.

This is a KT (Knowledge Transfer) approved event for both cattle and Sheep farmers. All farmers and members of the public are very welcome to attend. KT registration will be from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. A broad range of issues will be discussed at the event.

Michael Diskin, Teagasc, will give farmers the opportunity to hear what is happening on the BETTER farm programme and identify new technologies that can be adapted to their own farms. There are 14 BETTER farms in the programme (8 lowland and 6 hill) which are spread across the country.

All of the farms are focusing on breeding, flock health, grass utilisation and nutrition. The new BETTER farm in the Connemara region is Tómas O’Toole from Moyard. Tómas will be collecting data from his farm for the next few years.

Local hill farmers can use this information to improve their farm practices. Michael will also discuss options for finishing light lambs which is becoming increasingly popular and relevant to hill flocks.

John Greaney, also of Teagasc, will go through the beef BETTER farm updates. There are 26 farmers participating in the BETTER Farm Beef Challenge. There are a variety of farm sizes and soil types. The farming systems include suckling to weanling, suckling to store, suckling to bull beef and suckling to steer.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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