Southern Star February 14 2015
DRINAGH Co-Op hosted a successful beef and sheep seminar in the Beara Bay Hotel, Castletownbere, last week.
A large audience enjoyed an informative evening, delivered by an excellent panel of speakers. The seminar was chaired by Drinagh board member TJ Sullivan and included speakers Donal Murphy of Drinagh Co-op, Des Cronin from Inform Nutrition, Owen O’Driscoll and Richard Connell, agri-consultants, Skibbereen
Donal Murphy and Des Cronin presented the audience with an insight into technical and nutritional issues in feeding beef cattle and ewes. Donal gave an overview of the milling facilities in Drinagh and demonstrated how Drinagh plan to upgrade their existing milling facilities.
Des highlighted the importance of using pre-calver minerals for suckler cows and the need for excellent-quality balanced diets for both beef cattle and ewes. An informative discussion followed the first presentation with a large number of questions from the floor.
The second part of the seminar focused on GLAS and farm payments. Both Owen O’Driscoll and Richard Connell gave an excellent outline of the criteria and requirements of these farming schemes.
GLAS is a new environmental scheme, which will build on previous REPS and AEOS. The audience was advised to choose actions most suitable and beneficial for their own farms.