Father and daughter team, Peadar and Aoife Coyle (pictured), will host a farm walk as part of the Irish Grassland Association Sheep Conference being held in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Thursday, 19th of May.
The format will be similar to previous years with an indoor conference in the morning followed by a farm walk in the afternoon. Registration for the conference will commence from 10 am with the conference starting at 10.30 am and proceedings wrapping up for 4.30 pm.
The indoor morning session has an excellent line-up of speakers with Ryan Duffy, HIPRA, Philip Creighton, Teagasc, and Roger Bell, a sheep farmer from Northern Ireland, taking to the podium. Both the morning and afternoon sessions will address pertinent topics including mastitis control, incorporating clover into your sheep sward, and the challenges and benefits of operating a large-scale, multi-enterprise grassland livestock system.
The Coyles farm 230 acres near Curraghboy in South Roscommon. The farm consists of 80 acres of owned land in one block and the remaining 150 acres is comprised of rented ground. The Coyles have a number of enterprises on the farm including a flock of 575 mid-season lambing ewes, a 40 cow suckler to weanling system, and a dairy calf to beef system finishing 50 bullocks annually.
Peadar and Aoife make up the bulk of the labour force with other family members lending a hand during the busy periods of the year.