Summer Dairy Tour
When: 19th June, 2019
Where: The Farm of GD & Caroline Young, near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Cost: Free for ASA Members; €25.00 for non-members. RSVP is required.
Registration: Registration is now closed for this event.
This year’s summer dairy tour will take place on the farm of GD and Caroline Young. GD and Caroline were in a high input dairy system in Scotland. They exited dairy production and converted to a beef and sheep system however GD wanted to start back into dairying in a low-cost grass-based system. They searched in England and New Zealand for suitable farm when the opportunity arose to purchase a 400-acre tillage farm outside Mullingar in March 2015.
Relocating to Mullingar they commenced converting their new farm. In the space of 7 months they installed nearly 400 topless cubicles, installed a 44- point rotary parlour and started milking with 250 high EBI crossbred heifers which has since grown to 400 cows. The farm walk will focus on the family’s journey and will demonstrate best practice in converting a large-scale dairy farm and farm infrastructure.
Agenda (subject to change)
11.30 am Registration- light lunch will be provided
12.00 Overview of farm – GD Young
Genetics and Herd Performance -George Ramsbottom, Teagasc
Farm Infrastructure and development – Patrick Gowing, Teagasc
12.45 Farm Walk
Thank you to AIB for kindly sponsoring the event.