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Jun 29, 2018 | Latest News, Press Releases | 0 comments

29 JUNE 2018

ICSA will host a suckler farm walk on the farm of Sean Hayden, Longfordpass, near Thurles in Co Tipperary on the evening of Wednesday, 4 July at 6pm.

Mr Hayden runs one of Ireland’s only herds of Stabiliser cattle, a breed he chose primarily for their docility and feed conversion efficiency. He maintains the switch from continental-crossbreeds has transformed his suckler enterprise in terms of profitability and labour input and is herd is now recognised widely for its strength.

Guest speaker on the evening will be Billy O’Kane, a previous winner of the Farmers Weekly, UK Beef Farmer of the Year. Mr O’Kane, who farms his herd of Stabilisers in Ballymena, Co Antrim, is also a great advocate of the breed and herd health in general. He, along with Sean, will discuss all aspects of their enterprises and will be on hand to answers any questions you may have.

Also speaking on the evening will be Michael Ryan, a nutritionist from Hennessy Feeds. Hennessy Feeds are a fully licensed feed manufacturer based in North Kilkenny who have been supplying the needs of the farming community since 1932. Using a wide range of raw materials from North Kilkenny and Tipperary they manufacture a full range of cereal based rations for cattle, dairy, sheep and horses using a combination of the latest technology and advanced knowledge in animal nutrition.

ICSA suckler chairman John Halley said, “There has been huge interest in the Stabiliser breed so the farm walk represents an ideal opportunity to share information and exchange ideas. We look forward to a very informative and enjoyable evening.”

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

For further enquiries, please phone ICSA 057 8662120.


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