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A Young Farmer Modernises His Facilities For Pedigree Livestock Production


Modernisation of a livestock farm to provide modern housing and feeding facilities for animals, thus improving their welfare and enhancing farm efficiency, while also protecting the environment through better waste management.


Gary Beacom is an experienced livestock farmer having worked on the farms of leading pedigree livestock breeders both in Northern Ireland and Scotland. His own farm business has been growing and he recently acquired new land at picturesque Ranenly in County Tyrone, NI. The project was born out of the need to enhance farm efficiency, safety and animal welfare.


The aim was to develop a new farmyard on the recently acquired land and provide two purpose-built livestock sheds, one for sheep and one for cattle. The overall goal is to provide modern facilities for the Lakeview Pedigree British Blue Herd, which is the core of the farm business, while enhancing animal safety and welfare conditions.

Main activities

Activities ranged from building works to equipment purchase and installation: building two modern livestock sheds; purchase of modern cattle handling equipment; installing a new automated slurry passage scraping system; acquisition of a sheep transporter; installation of a large vermin-proof bulk feed bin giving livestock access to quality-assured animal feed stored safe from contamination.

Results & Benefits

The farm has been extensively modernised. It now has new housing facilities for livestock, high quality and safe animal feed and improved occupational safety and business efficiency. It is much easier to keep animals clean and comfortable while feeding or resting, and is therefore good for animal welfare. Purchasing feed in bulk reduces the farm's carbon footprint and eliminates the need for disposal of large volumes of packaging material.

Lessons learnt

Financial support is critical for assisting competent young people who have insufficient means of their own to engage and succeed in farming. Long-term vision on the part of the beneficiary is also essential when taking over a family business and investing in the future. The driving force behind a successful investment is to pursue best quality: "offer best quality and do it right".

Project location and other information

Ranenly near Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.


Northern Ireland

RDP Territory

Northern Ireland

Total project cost (€)

39 894

EAFRD contribution (€)

5 694

National contribution (€)

34 200

Contact name

Gary Beacom


00 44 7929 908510

Languages for contact


At a glance


United Kingdom

Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

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Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 121. Modernisation of agricultural holdings


Animal health, Animal welfare, Livestock welfare, Environmental impact, Farm buildings

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