Ben and Elaine Ryall
Fellfort Farm, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork
Fellfort Angus Farm is a 185-acre farm located in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork. Approximately 50 acres of the land is rented. 80 per cent of the entire farm is under grass and the remaining under spring barley.
The Ryalls have 70 cows and three stock bulls on their farm. With the exception of the few commercial cows, which are Shorthorn–Angus crosses, all of the cows are pedigree Angus. The bloodlines of many of the stock can be traced back to three Angus cows Ben’s father purchased in 1956. Ben believes this breed is well-suited to Irish farming and produce the highest quality beef from a mainly grass-based diet. Generally, he sells up to 20 of his best male calves annually as breeding bulls to other Angus breeders or commercial farmers at 12-18 months of age. The males that are not sold for breeding are finished for beef at around 18 months. The heifers, which Ben does not retain as replacements in the herd, are sold for beef at 18-22 months. The animals which are finished for slaughter, are fed on grass or else with grass silage and some of the barley which is grown on the farm. Apart from a small amount of soya and beet pulp, purchased locally, no other feed ingredients are needed. The straw from the barley crop provides bedding during the winter months.