The poor weather didn’t deter a crowd of several hundred visitors attending the ballyhaise dairy open day held on the 1st Oct. The event has been a regular fixture in recent years offering farmers in the region an insight into Ballyhaise’s ongoing research programme. The objective of the project is to provide information to farmers in the Border, Midlands and West region, which will help increase profitability on their farm businesses.
On the day Teagasc advisors presented their finding on topics ranging from soil fertility and land drainage techniques to autumn grassland management. The importance of herd fertility was also emphasised and this is an area Ballyhaise has given particular focus since commencing their research in 2005. This has seen a gradual improvement In EBI over the term of the research and combined with other improvements has seen the farm establishing itself with one of the top 50 herds in Ireland
It was great to have the opportunity to talk to a number of farmers who have plans to increase dairy cow numbers post 2015. Despite the difficulties of 2012 and into Spring 2013, there is great optimism for the future of farming.
It was also of particular interest to listen to discussions surrounding the importance of financial planning for those planning to expand their businesses. The Teagasc advisors spoke of the importance of cash flow planning and reviewing these plans on regular basis against actual performance. Certainly good advice which will help identify any pitfalls at an early stage and allow contingency plans to be put place.
More information on the ongoing research at Ballyhaise College can be found at www.teagasc.ie