• newford farm, athenry

    Demonstrating Sustainable Suckler Beef Production.

  • the farm at a glance

    Some Key Facts & Figures.

    Supported By

    McDonald's & The Irish Farmers Journal

    56.74 Hectares

    or 138.35 Acres

    Athenry, Co. Galway

    Farm Location

    Iarlaith Collins

    Farm Manager

    Established By

    Dawn Meats & Teagasc


    Demonstrating Sustainable Suckler Beef Production.

    Dawn Meats and Teagasc, supported by McDonald's and The Irish Farmers Journal have established a standalone suckler herd at Athenry, Co Galway to demonstrate best practice in sustainable suckler beef production.

    The herd, which is known as the Newford Herd, is run on a fully commercial basis and demonstrates the potential of a moderately large suckler beef farm to generate a viable family farm income when operated to the highest level of technical efficiency and best practice.

    The farm acts as a shop window for the technologies that drive profitability in a suckler herd and operates in a completely transparent manner, with all measurements and data available to visiting groups, other interested parties and the farming public.


    Iarlaith is the farm manager and carries out the daily tasks on the farm such as tending to stock, grass measuring and spreading fertilizer. He comes from a family farm with a strong suckling and beef finishing tradition and has added further experience by recently managing a 600 calf to beef unit in Roscommon.



    Supporting our Newford Initiative.


    For More Information

    Sarah Haire

    Agriculture Strategy Manager

    Dawn Meats

    E: sarah.haire@dawnmeats.com

    T: 00353 51 309200

    M: 00353 87 2317689

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