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Darren Carty is a livestock specialist in the Irish Farmers Journal specialising in the sheep and beef sectors. Areas focused on include technical features, grassland management, herd health, breeding and domestic and global market analysis. Darren is a committee member of the Irish Grassland Association and also sits on the management team of the Teagasc / Irish Farmers Journal and the Dairy Calf to Beef programme. He holds an honours degree in Animal Science from University College Dublin. Previous to joining the farmers Journal he worked as a Teagasc adviser in Galway. He hails from a suckler and sheep farm in county Galway. Aside from farming, he has a keen interest in sports.
John Bell has replaced the meal bag with posts and reels and is reaping the rewards of improved grassland management.
Mixed sheep and suckler farmer Enda Stephens is tweaking his system to get the most from grazed grass.
Supplies are finely balanced with demand, with shed-finished cattle providing a reprieve to tightening throughput.
By Darren Carty on 24 April 2017