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Automatic Feeding System Installed on North Cork Farm

Elizabeth Ahern, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Cattle Specialist based in the Republic of Ireland, had the pleasure of attending an open day on a progressive beef farm in North Cork, Ireland, where the innovative Lely robotic feeding system has been installed.

Glen South legacy stretches back to the early 1900’s where the McSweeney family has farmed the rolling landscape of Banteer, County Cork for three generations. Frank Murphy and his wife Teresa McSweeney took over management of the Farm in 2012.

What makes Glen South Farm different is the foresight and confidence for the farm’s future and the Irish beef industry. Significant investment was undertaken to upgrade the animal housing and handling facilities on the farm which in turn served to improve animal wellbeing and performance. The newly constructed five star farm buildings have capacity for up to 1000 head of cattle.

Frank holds a combination suckler herd sourced from local farms and established farmers; including Hereford stock from well know breeder, Dáithí Carroll and Aberdeen Angus from the Gigginstown Herd.

In an innovative move, the Lely Vector automatic feeding system was installed at Glen South Farm in January 2014. This was the first of its kind for beef cattle in Europe. With the assistance of the robotic feed system, the animals enjoy “a la carte” access to a carefully balanced diet.

The objective is to shorten the food chain from “farm to fork” offering a consistent supply of prime quality beef. Glen South’s current customer market includes many quality restaurants via local butcher suppliers.

The stress-free cattle receive fresh food as required in accordance with a carefully planned diet, tailored to individual groups within the herd. Consistent availability of fresh fodder at the fence encourages feed intake, growth rate and ensures high quality and better live weight gain. Frank believes that efficient beef production largely depends on feeding the herd in a consistent, timely and sufficient manner and the Lely Vector is a beneficial assistant with these principles. Managing the herd has become more relaxed for the farm team as feeding takes care of itself.

Summer pastures provide valuable, high-quality forage in the warmer months. Clover is cultivated to provide a natural source of nitrogen and grassland soil testing is regularly conducted, improving fertilizer use and efficiency.  Maize and Beet crops are locally grown to provide winter feeding for the herd and foraging zones to the wild bird populations.

Frank has reviewed all sectors of the business; evaluating input while maintaining and improving current production levels. The farm, which also accommodates a state of the art handling system, is now working in an efficient sustainable manner, ensuring profit delivery and future success for the next generation.

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Date of preparation: Jul 2013. AHD 7729. Use Medicines Responsibly (www.noah.co.uk/responsible)