BBC1’s highly-rated farming-interest programme, Countryfile, featured an innovative project with a Monaghan connection on Sunday evening.
The project involves producing fresh green fodder 365 days a year indoors and is being used by farmers Nicholas Johnston in Scotstown and Pat Mohan in Tydavnet.
The project in question has perfected a system which uses shallow trays stacked on racks to produce a 10-inch high mat of ‘spring grass’ from malting barley seed in seven days.
The farmer can be in full production in just seven days and can shut down production again in the same time period, making it a versatile way to supplement stores of silage and hay should we experience a long winter or a dry summer – or even to replace hay and silage on your farm altogether. They were visited by the man behind the The Foddertech system last January.
The managing director of H2O Farm, Howard Campion, visited Monaghan at the invitation of the Rural Development sub-group of the County Development Board, to see the farms.