Ivan Curran farms over 2,000 acres in a mixed tillage and beef enterprise at Broadleas Farms in Stamullen, Co. Meath. Originally, the Curran’s 330 acres inherited by Ivan from his father was a dairy and tillage enterprise in the 1970’s. Now, Ivan farms 1,300 acres of tillage, including, winter wheat, barley and rape, 650 acres of potatoes and 110 acres of grassland, on which Ivan runs a calf-to-beef enterprise.
Ivan’s tillage enterprise consists of 700 acres of wheat, 300 acres of barley and 300 acres of rape. The farm’s potato enterprise is based on a contract with Largo Foods, originally Tayto and another contract with Dunnes Stores, to whom he is one of the main suppliers. Ivan’s beef farm is a calf-to-beef enterprise, consisting of a mixture of continental bulls and bullocks out of dairy cows.
Ivan uses Target Fertilisers as “it’s simply a good quality, clean product.” Any of the Target products Ivan uses always spread very accurately and perform the best in the tray test. Ivan finds that the Target Fertilisers always help him reach his targets.
“This year my target was to grow 4 tonne of barley to the acre, which I hit. Because of the difficult year, I was just a little shy of my wheat target with 3.8 tonnes grown but I’m still happy with how all the crops performed.”
Despite how difficult 2018 was, Ivan has said that, thankfully, he wasn’t as badly affected as others further down the country had been. “Our farm would be dry in some places, but we were able to irrigate a lot of the crops thankfully.”
For 2019, Ivan’s target remains “4 tonne of barley to the acre, That’s My Target.”