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19-06-2011, 22:07   #1
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Biggest dairy farm/herd in Ireland

Just saw on the Journal theres a lad near New Ross milking 500 cows in one herd..is it the largest in Ireland?
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19-06-2011, 22:08   #2
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Nope, there was a guy on TV internet the last week night down in Cork somewhere milking 6 or 700 looking to get to 1,000. Probably others like him and maybe bigger.

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Just saw on the Journal theres a lad near New Ross milking 500 cows in one herd..is it the largest in Ireland?
3 in my discussion group +480 so i doubt it
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anyone see the tv3 prog. about dairying this evening,was it good?
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anyone see the tv3 prog. about dairying this evening,was it good?
http://www.tv3.ie/

Click the "Catch up" button and select the programme you want to watch from the list, the dairy one is listed on it.
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19-06-2011, 23:14   #6
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You mean castle annaghs?, only reson that's featured is its largest farm baught by a farmer in last few years... it's some set-up.. 3k internal tared/concrete roadways iirc. Walked around it in 09, for a gawk when it was up for sale
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anyone see the tv3 prog. about dairying this evening,was it good?
Tom Browne seems very down to earth. That other fella the baldly one has some opinion of himself and his farming
Why do farmers now have to copy NZ with their milking platform what happen to calling it the grazing area?
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Donegal might boast the largest organic herd.


Donegal creameries own what was described as the largest farm in Ireland at 3000 acres in Burt which set them back about IR£3.7M a few years ago after the banks moved out the previous owner.

Possibly only about 400 cows milking though.
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On a slightly different note, i often wonder do the econmies of scale pay off on these farms, for example would the profit margin still be the same if you had 50 cows vs 500
obviously you would have a bigger turn over, but would your profit margin be higher
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On a slightly different note, i often wonder do the econmies of scale pay off on these farms, for example would the profit margin still be the same if you had 50 cows vs 500
obviously you would have a bigger turn over, but would your profit margin be higher
a lot of those big guys are in debt up to their necks and beyond

A guy milking 100 cows and little to no borrowings is probably a hell of a lot better off than them

Also the guy with 100 cows is a lot less likely to go broke than a 500 cow herd with millions borrowed
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a lot of those big guys are in debt up to their necks and beyond

A guy milking 100 cows and little to no borrowings is probably a hell of a lot better off than them

Also the guy with 100 cows is a lot less likely to go broke than a 500 cow herd with millions borrowed
yup the guy with 100-120 cows can do the work on their wn with occassional casual labour , as soon as you go to pay some one fulltime its a different story.... we have a guy round here that in the last year or so has bought any stock that has been for sale, went to kerry to source 100 cows ... bought land etc , the commitments he has to the bank must be massive...also alot of peole are wondering what bank he is with to be able to spend money so easily... missed the programme last night as i was at take that- fantastic show- must look at it later
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In these really really big herds that use grazed grass, I wonder if their cows are exhausted and lame from all the walking or if they are the fittest cows in the country.
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On a slightly different note, i often wonder do the econmies of scale pay off on these farms, for example would the profit margin still be the same if you had 50 cows vs 500
obviously you would have a bigger turn over, but would your profit margin be higher

The guy with the 60 bale rotary and hoping to milk a thousand cows said something along the lines that you dont need to be big to be efficient, and it's so true.

As businesses get bigger it always costs more and more to make that little bit extra.

a bigger business can get bigger economies of scale sure, but they also have bigger costs to carry. if a small business can replicate the efficiencies of the big guys then they can often make just as good a % profit.
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Tom Browne seems very down to earth. That other fella the baldly one has some opinion of himself and his farming
Why do farmers now have to copy NZ with their milking platform what happen to calling it the grazing area?
Gotta agree, NZ this, NZ that, cows always grazed in Ireland. With all his profit, put some walls on the parlour, even this past month with the wind and rain, not the mention winter time.

Brown seems different class tho, very charming, amazing setup.
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You mean castle annaghs?, only reson that's featured is its largest farm baught by a farmer in last few years... it's some set-up.. 3k internal tared/concrete roadways iirc. Walked around it in 09, for a gawk when it was up for sale
so what is castle annaghs like? good quality land? just looking at it in the journal this week, does any of it flood? It has a lot of boundary with the river
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