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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.
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.
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.
Total project cost (€)
EAFRD contribution (€)
National contribution (€)
00 44 7929 908510
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At a glance
Final beneficiary type
€20 000 - €99 999
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