Moore Hill Farms

Moore Hill Farms

About Us
Location: West Waterford near Tallow and Lismore Co. Waterford. Production System: Grass based Dairy system. Calving System: Block Spring Calving. Planned to start the cows calving on the 1st Feb. Cow type: X bread herd:...
Job Vacancy: Filled
Moore Hill Farm Manager   This role has been filled:  We would like to congratulate Trevor Clare and Oisin Shannon who have joined Esther's management team. Trevor and Oisin will be managing the Moore hill...
Our Team
Farm manager Esther Walshl plans out the last rotation with Shane Maxwel and student Jason Melbourne at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Photo: Donal O' Leary Farm manager Esther Walshl chats with staff member Brendan...

About Us

Location:

West Waterford near Tallow and Lismore Co. Waterford.

Production System:

Grass based Dairy system.

Calving System:

Block Spring Calving.

Planned to start the cows calving on the 1st Feb.

Cow type:

X bread herd: based on New Zealand genetics.

Top 200 EBI herd

Production targets

We aim to consistently grow 12-14 tons of grass per ha

Produce 450kg of milk solids per cow, 1,300kg milk solid per ha

From 600-700kgs of purchased feed

80% of cows in calf @ 6 weeks

Two Milking Platforms:

Lismore: 420 cows on 135 ha stocked @ 3.1 cow/ha

 

Moore Hill: 600 cows on 196ha stocked at 3.1cows/ha

 

 

 

 

Some Publications

CellCheck Newsletter-AHI
CellCheck Newsletter-AHI
CellCheck Newsletter – Animal Health Ireland The development of their mastitis control plan was initially established for the Lismore herd. Shane and Esther, in consultation...
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Esther On Ear to the ground
Esther On Ear to the ground
The farm and stock looking great on Ear to The Ground.
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Max Power
Max Power
Max Power Farmers Journal Successfully managing large dairy Shane Maxwell and his team of staff at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Included are Esther Waslh,...
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Job Vacancy: Filled

Moore Hill Farm Manager

 

This role has been filled:  We would like to congratulate Trevor Clare and Oisin Shannon who have joined Esther’s management team. Trevor and Oisin will be managing the Moore hill and Lismore farms and we hope that they will enjoy their time with us.

 

This is a great opportunity to grow as a dairy farm manager by working in a team environment on a well developed farm with support from an estate manager and the farm owner.

Moore Hill

Moore hill farm set up:

  • Milking 600 cows
  • through a 50 unit milfos parlour with cluster removers
  • on a milking platform of 196 ha
  • at a stocking rate of 3.1 cows/ha

This farm is exceptionally well set up, it was converted from a tillage farm in 2009/10 and has excellent infrastructure.

The farm has a young herd as all the heifers that calve in February are milked here.

Calves are all reared in lismore until weaned then are moved to a support block so this is a cows only farm.

Production:

The farm is growing 12-14t of DM/ha but we feel there is potential to improve this.

The average age of the herd is 2.3 lactation and is producing 420 kgs/solids/cow or 1200 ks/ha from 700kg of purchased feed.

the herd has been in the top 500 SCC herds in the country since the award started.

Fertility:

We aim to have 80% of the cows pregnant in 6 week which means calving is full on but does not drag on into breeding.

We have had an empty rate on this farm as low as 1% but generally the empty rate is running around 4 to 6%

EBI:

  • 139: over all EBI
  • 35: for milk
  • 60: for Fertility
  • 29: for maintenance

this puts us in the top 100 herd in the country.

Job description:

You would be responsible for the day to day running of the farm:

  • Organising the daily routine and managing staff.
  • Prioritising the daily jobs and making sure they get done.
  • Grassland management,
  • Animal health
  • Calving and breeding
  • Parlour and milking hygiene
  • Health and safety on the farm

Note this is not just a milking role there will be certain time of the year you will be required to milk twice a day but the majority of the time if you have organised your self correctly you should only be in the parlour once a day to keep on top of heard health, breeding etc

This will be done in conjunction with regular meetings between the applicant and Esther or the farm owner if Esther is unavailable

To be considered for the position the candidates will be trustworthy and reliable with a desire to learn and progress, they will need to have good communication skills and wish to work with people and stock.The candidate will require 2 years grassland management experience and if applying from out side the EU will require the correct documentation to work in Ireland.

The farm is located 45 minutes from cork city: 30 mins from Dungarvan and the nearest town, Tallow, is 3 miles away.

Breaking the role down by season:

Jan to April:

Stock management: making sure cows are healthy i.e mastitis lameness, in the correct condition score, organising and drafting out springing cows, watching for signs of calving and calving cows, grassland measurement , feed allocation, milking and scc monitoring.

Mid April to June:

fertility performance Heat detection ,Tail painting, Drafting cows in heat , grassland management, Doing a farm grass walk as often as is required in the main growing season recognising surpluses or deficits, cow condition. Doing a condition score for the herd and making decisions together with Esther on what to do with cows in a lower condition score and cow performance making sure cows are fully fed at all times and cows yields and milk solids are increasing. yields/solids should not drop at this time of year.

June to Aug:

This is holiday time you will cover the two farms re grassland management while Esther is off and she will cover Moore Hill while you take some holiday. While Esther is away you would have overall responsibility for all stock and staff on the farm reporting directly to the owner.

Sept to Dec:

grassland management (building cover and closing up paddocks for following spring), cow condition Doing a condition score for the herd and making decisions together with Esther on what to do with cows in a lower condition score cow performance, milking and scc monitoring Drying cows off Dosing etc

Throughout this time you will be responsible for farm records specifically vet and med records and other records required under the cross compliance, these are all things that will be taught to you and are process driven.

The package

Accomodation is part of a competitive remuneration package with rostered time off 12 on 2 off for calving and breeding and 10 on 4 off the remainder of the season. there are 30 days holidays including bank holidays. Your wages will be transferred direct to you bank account by the 1st of each month.

We thank you at this time for your inquiry.

If you are interested in this role and require any further information please fill in the form below:

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Our Team

Shane Maxwell and his team of staff at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Included are Esther Waslh, Farm Manager,

Farm manager Esther Walshl plans out the last rotation with Shane Maxwel and student Jason Melbourne at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Photo: Donal O’ Leary

Farm manager Esther Walshl chats with staff member Brendan Daly at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Photo: Donal O’ Leary

Staff members Biszek Pioynowski and Jason Melbourne, Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Photo: Donal O’ Leary

   
Staff members Brendan Daly, Biszek Pioynowski and Jason Melbourne, Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford.
Photo: Donal O’ Leary

Some Down Time:

Out on the Blackwater river in the boat with the donut. 

 

Past students:

Daniel Kennedy:
Photos and bio on the way
Ciaran Fogarty
A strong focus on people and skills at Moorepark 2015
http://www.farmersjournal.ie/a-strong-focus-on-people-and-skills-at-moorepark-2015-184103 https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2015/Developing_Successful_Careers_in_Dairying.pdf Bio on the way    
Ivor McCormack
I worked with Shane and Esther for my 1st year placement during my professional diploma in dairy farm management course. I was herd manager on the Moore Hill unit, which had 420 cows along with two 100 acre out farms which ran the calves and bulling heifers. I had a great placement on the farm as I feel as though I developed at an extraordinary rate between Shane and Esther’s guidance. The experience has left me with some great skills and even better experience going forward in my career in dairy farming. I can always remember the day we were scanning the heifers for pregnancy and the vet turned around to David Crampton and myself and said ‘If you want to learn about bovine fertility, this is the place to do it’. That year we had 1.8% empty in the 420 cow herd and 3 empty heifers out of 250 served. This is the level of excellence and skill which these farms are managed to. I graduated the diploma in dairy farm management with a merit after my 2nd year with William Kingston, Skibbereen, Co Cork with a merit which I would gleefully attribute to the great host farmers I worked for and more importantly learned from. I am currently a trainee unit manager for Grasslands UK, Shropshire, England, on a 300 HA dairy farm: 123 Ha platform, 400 cows, 500 head of young stock wintering the majority of stock on fodder beet.  As the vet said ‘if you want to learn about bovine fertility this is the place to do it’. I cannot recommend Moore Hill Farms highly enough as a place to learn and grow.
Conor Bohan
I started in Moore Hill in late September 2015 as my first-year placement on the professional diploma in dairy farm management after returning from a summer dairy farming beside Lockerbie in south west Scotland. I learned a great deal about farming and the farm business from Esther and Shane in my time in Moore Hill. I had a great experience learning about how to manage large numbers of stock efficiently with simple systems and delivering impressive performance.  I left Moore Hill in July 2016 to go to New Zealand as part of a placement abroad. I worked for Vance and Janine Ralph in the Waikato. They ran a 50 50 share milking operation and a leased operation. They ran a very basic minimal input system typical of New Zealand dairy farming. All the skills I had learned in Moore Hill were easily transferable to New Zealand. I learned a lot about surviving the dry summer by buffer feeding forage crops such as turnips and how to run a farm efficiently with all year grass growth.   I returned home in 2017 to my final placement with Christy and Denis Nulty in Slane Co. Meath. Where we are currently milking 420 Cows with a 60/40 spring autumn split calving. I help the Nulty’s run there two milking platforms and the young stock.  At the moment, I am preparing to finish my diploma and I have a senior assistant farm manager job with Thames Farming Group in Los Lagos Chile in September. I hope to use all the skills I’ve learned over all my placements to drive on a young business in a country which has serious potentia

Our Vision

Farm Mission/Vision statement:

To produce high quality milk in a safe and enjoyable work environment.
Shane Maxwell plan out the last rotation with his farm manager Esther Walsh and student Jason Melbourne at Moorehill Farm, Tallow, Co. Waterford.
Photo: Donal O’ Leary
  To be brilliant at the basics.

Staff management,

Herd Health,

Fertility,

Grass production,

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