Farm Tour 1: Jonathan Price - Mourneview Farm, Glenavy
15th January 2018
Opening his doors for the NI NBA Beef Expo farm tours is Jonathon Price
In order to achieve success, a business-like approach must be adopted on farm. Jonathan Price knows that figures must add up in order to continue farming, a passion he has always had. Jonathan took over his family farm 10 years ago as a third generation farmer. Working alongside his brother, they employ seasonal workers when required.
Jonathan has established a purpose built yard for his beef finishing enterprise, allowing him to finish over 400 cattle per year. Sheds were designed for increased cleanliness, ease of manual labour and enhanced health prospects of all stock. Rubber slats are used throughout the farm as they have increased the lying time of all the livestock and thus increased DLWG significantly whilst reducing incidences of lameness and injury. Straw pens are used for cattle arriving on farm in order to allow them to integrate in to the environment smoothly – this ultimately lowers stress levels, reduces morbidity levels and allows DLWG to be optimised. Cattle are all vaccinated, dosed and clipped (back and tail) upon arrival to Mourneview Farm. Jonathan “buys quality for quality”, always hoping to buy the best on offer at local marts.
Jonathan buys in continental cattle between 14-18 months of age. He aims to finish all livestock between 20-24 months, with a target DLWG of 1.6kg. Most cattle are finished indoors, however, when the weather permits, grass is utilised for grazing. All silage, slurry and cereal work is done by themselves with additional seasonal workers. Winter and spring barley is grown in a rotation with grass, giving a straw supply to the beef unit and a further revenue for the farm. Jonathan supplies in-spec cattle to Dunbia in order to meet market demand.
Tickets for the farm tours are available to buy from the website: www.nibeefexpo.co.uk and are priced at £24 (inc VAT) for NBA members and £30 (inc VAT) for Non NBA Members