Two farms have been selected to be Technology Demonstration Farms for the Feed Efficiency theme. These can demonstrate the selected essential technologies.
Feed Efficiency Farm 1 – Aidan McManus Enniskillen, Co. Farmanagh.
The McManus family run a herd of 120 cows and rear all replacements. Cows are managed on a total confinement basis and are milked through two Lely A4 robots. The herd is TMR fed with additional concentrates required for feed to yield being topped up in the A4 milking robots. The cows are zero grazed during the grazing season.
Feed Efficiency Farm 2 – Stephen Gibson Hillsborough, Co. Down.
In 2012 a management decision was taken to change enterprise from beef to dairying. Currently the Gibson family run a herd of 105 cows managed by Stephen and his father. The majority of the herd calve in autumn/winter and are TMR fed, with additional concentrates being topped up in the parlour. The aim during the grazing season is to maximise milk from grass.