JANUARY: 61 dairy x heifers spent January and February grazing kale. These heifers were supplemented with silage and allocated a feed allowance of kale each day by moving an electric fence. Heifers gained 0.35kg/day while grazing kale during winter.
MARCH: Ewes started to lamb on Tullamore Farm on 27 March 2018 and most ewes lambed over a busy five-week period.
MAY: Tullamore Farm held its first ever breeding heifer sale on Monday 7 May in Tullamore Mart, Co Offaly. The heifer in the photo weighed 515kg and made €1,250. Average weight was 350kg and average price was €950.
JULY: Summer 2018 will be remembered for the drought conditions experienced on the farm. This photo taken from a drone by photographer Claire-Jeanne Nash gives an idea of how burnt up the farm was.
AUGUST: Tullamore Farm hosted a mini open day. Farm manager Shaun Diver speaks about farm management and performance. \ Philip Doyle
SEPTEMBER: After the National Ploughing Championships were cancelled, Tullamore Farm got a call from Mairead McGuiness MEP to ask if she could visit the farm along with members of the EU agriculture committee.
OCTOBER: A new Irish Farmers Journal animal health video series was launched in October. Journal vet Tommy Heffernan and beef editor Adam Woods put together over 20 videos on weanling health, all shot on Tullamore Farm. Videos can be viewed at www.farmersjournal.ie
NOVEMBER: Tullamore Farm hosted numerous groups in 2018. One was a Macra group on 21 November. The talk was on beef, animal nutrition and winter dosing. \Ramona Farrelly
DECEMBER: And so the cycle continues. Cows have been body condition scored and have started to be fed minerals and 0.5kg soya bean meal daily in advance of calving starting on 1 February.