- Date: 26 Apr 2010
- Venue: Seven Mile Straight Antrim
George Bingham, who farms along with his parents Robin and Winifred on the Seven Mile Straight Antrim, was the host for a farm walk on the evening of Monday 26 April for almost 90 young members and potential members.
George completed an HND in agriculture at Greenmount 10 years ago. Since coming home to farm dairy cow numbers have more than doubled to 500 cows. He aims to maximise milk yield per cow in the most cost effective way possible and to focus on cow selection, having increased cow numbers in recent years.
A very impressive new unit currently being completed provides accommodation for 400 cows alongside a new parlour and dairy. The parlour is a 35 x 35 Westfalia rapid exit with integral feeders. Considerable use is made of technology. Pedometers used since the Autumn to aid heat detection have worked very well with over 250 cows confirmed due to calve between August and Christmas.
George availed of the Young Entrants Scheme and used it to support the development of a new calf house. An automatic feeder has eased work load and straw and hay can conveniently be stored on a platform at the back of the shed.
Visitors had an opportunity to see some of the recently grazed paddocks and to discuss grassland management. Maize is also grown on the farm and maize silage is incorporated into rations.
George talked about the benefits that he had derived from the UGS, especially from visiting farms and picking up ideas. He is currently chairman of the UGS maize and alternative forages group. UGS President, Dr John Orr, was delighted with the large turnout and the response from those who attended.