‘It was a big step’ – a farmer about investing €100,000 on his farm

  • ‘It was a big step’ – a farmer about investing €100,000 on his farm
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    Farmer Pat Dillon has invested 100 000 euros to improve the infrastructure on his farm in recent years, he says he helped to organize his farm and travelled to the farm and leaving for the holidays a lot more manageable.
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Farmer Pat Dillon has invested 100 000 euros to improve the infrastructure on his farm in recent years, he says he helped to organize his farm and travelled to the farm and leaving for the holidays a lot more manageable.

Pat joined the program Committee of the Farm/Glanbia monitoring in January 2015 and invested €28 000 infrastructure for fencing, water, watering the roads of hell and said that now a lot more manageable, especially for external staff.


“Before it was so difficult for a relief milker to change them, if something went wrong,” said he.

“They could get the grass from the same paddock, but have to go through another to get water, and they will have to install the wires to save this plant and I had to explain all this over the phone, it was a nightmare,” said Kilkenny.

Each corral was enlarged to three grazings in the paddock, using a Committee of a governing five acre paddock for three grazings per 100 cows.

PAT also built a new cubicle shed for €40,000 and a new silage slab, which cost €20,000 is closer to the feeding grounds, who said he did time he spends on feeding much more productive. He said that now everything is under one roof and he can get a lot more done.


He also built a new calf shed and bought a mobile calves in the amount of €5000, and said that the whole family can use it and it’s not such a big job to feed the calves.

“If something happens while I’m gone, it’s very easy to fix, so this is not a problem,” said Pat, who grows with his wife Una and three young sons, Conor, Andrew and Harry. PAT said he spends many evenings away, throw a workout is just to make a comfortable farm is a must.

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“Although I don’t really spend fewer hours on the farm, I’m sure making the time I spend more productively.”

Pat is the fourth generation of its farm to farm Grangecuffe, Colorado. Kilkenny. His parents Andy and Brigitte, ran a mixed farm with 30-40 cows, production of cattle, sheep and tillage. Always showing a lively interest in agriculture, he studied at Kildalton agricultural College and then worked on the farm, assuming the office in 2007 when his father retired.

Pat bought eight acres from a neighbor and has increased his herd size to 120-cow dairy herd, with a further extension 140 cows scheduled for next year.

Agriculture a total of 58ha, he 38ha on the milking platform, and the remainder consists of an external unit, which is used for grass for calves and up to two pieces of silage, depending on the year. The total load is 2.65 Lu/ha and 3.26 on the milking platform.

Pat installed five years ago, a 14-unit swing-over herringbone parlour DeLeval and uses feeders for pigs in it. He said home unit has a fairly dry ground and still suffers from poor growth of grass from lack of rain in recent weeks.

PAT has recently improved the road, drinkers and General infrastructure and reseeded 55pc of their land in the last three years. The size of the pen increased to three grazings in the paddock, using the rule of three grazings in a 5 acre paddock for 100 cows provided by the Committee.

Last year Pat recorded 16.5 t DM/ha of grass cover compared to 13t DM/ha per year in the program. Since then, addressed the issues of soil fertility and now 93pc of fields with pH>6.3, all fields in the index 3 or 4 P and two-thirds of the field in index 3 or 4 For K.

PET contract the rear 37 of its 46 replacement heifers at the moment, but said that he would be rearing contract them all in the near future to maximize the potential of his house, to block milk production.

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