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2019 Summer Visit to David and Joanne Wright’s Suckler and Beef Farm

Event Details

  • Date: 14 Aug 2019
  • Venue: 58 Dyan Road, Caledon, BT68 4XG

The Ulster Grassland Society’s summer meeting is a visit to the farm of David and Joanne Wright, 58 Dyan Road, Caledon, BT68 4XG on Wednesday 14th August at 7:00pm.

A cup of tea/coffee will be available on arrival, with the farm walk commencing at 7:30pm. A BBQ meal will be available around 9:00pm on the farm.

David and Joanne farm 140 acres with 50 spring calving cows (mainly Lim. X Sim.) and finish all the progeny on the farm. The unit is in 2 blocks with 80 acres on the home farm where the cows are grazed and 60 acres at an out farm where the older cattle are grazed. David uses two recorded bulls, a Limousine bull and a Simmental bull. The steers are finished off the farm at around 22 months at approximately 400 kg carcases and heifers are finished at around 24 months at approximately 350 kg carcases. Most of the weight gain is from grass and high-quality silage.

The system is easy to manage as both, David and Joanne work off the farm and they both want a good family/work life balance. David is well known as Northern Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal. They have worked to hard to build up the farm since David took it over in 2002. A lot of effort has gone into building up soil fertility and reseeding. The aim on the farm is to make high quality silage as well as grazing high quality grass swards. They maintain quality swards through a reseeding programme. David says the benefits of reseeding are to have early grass in spring, more responsive to fertiliser, allow earlier turnout, cheaper weight gain and more grass in the autumn

Over time David has also added additional buildings to the farm where he has two covered silos and cubicle accommodation with mats for the cows and slatted accommodation with mats for the finishing cattle.

Directions. From Belfast follow the M1 past Dungannon. After the filling station (left hand side) take the next turning signposted for Caledon. Continue to follow signs for Caledon passing through the villages of Eglish and Dyan. Continue past the Dyan and the farm is situated on the right-hand side. Look out for Ulster Grassland Society signs.

Animal Health and Biosecurity

To prevent the spread of disease between farms it is essential that you have clean wellington boots and change of clothes from those, which you use on your farm.

Anyone wishing to attend must complete the attached form or contact the UGS Honorary Secretary, at secretary@ulstergrassland.co.uk or telephone 07920037910.

Non-members fee is £16 to include a barbeque meal.

 

 

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