Open day at hi-tech farm near Killarney

Dairy and sheep farmers are invited to visit a hi-tech farm near Killarney from 12 noon to 5:30pm, Thursday.

Con O’Donoghue farms 40 acres with wife Ann and daughter Moira at Valley View Farmhouse, Lough Guittane Road, Muckross, Killarney.

The family have 60 British Friesian cows, average yield is 5,000 litres per annum and their herd is spring calving.

Con’s father installed a six-unit Dairymaster parlour in 1972; Con upgraded to a new 12-unit Swiftflo Swing parlour in January.

The parlour now has Swiftflo Commanders, Swiftflo Mangers, automatic feeders, automatic cluster removers, automatic plant washer, a Swiftflo milk tank and manure scrapers.

It takes the family only one hour to milk the cows.

Trade exhibitors at the farm open day include Rhyno Mills, Permanent TSB and Dairymaster, all of whom have worked with the family over the years.

The open day will also feature sheep dog demos and topical talks from 1pm.


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