We like to have our cattle out grazing as early as possible, our land is sloped and free draining, so it means that it dries quickly. We have an extensive grazing system on the farm that we have perfected over the years. We take soil samples every two to three years to help keep the land in optimal condition for growing grass efficiently. In the future, we plan to also test silage to maintain performance of our Hereford animals all year round.
At the moment we are part of the Results-Based Environmental-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). REAP is an agri-environment pilot project that rewards farmers to maintain and improve the environmental conditions of their land with a focus on improving existing farm features more so than the creation of new features and habitats.
We have land that is in the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme which provides support to people farming land in designated disadvantaged areas. It aims to support the continuation of farming in these areas by compensating farmers for the additional costs involved in farming such land.
I am a medical and pharmaceutical devices quality engineer by trade, and I work on the farm alongside my dad. I studied Pharmaceutical Analysis & Quality Management Systems in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and then followed up with Regulatory Affairs & Drug Licencing in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). I also got my Agricultural Green Cert in the college in Pallaskenry. I am the oldest of three daughters and I have two daughters of my own, Laura and Saoirse. My husband Ronan is an electrician and is a vital part of our farm as he keeps on top of all the maintenance.
In my spare time I play GAA, tag rugby and squash, although with work, the farm and two young kids I don’t have all that much spare time anymore. Heading into the future I can see some challenges coming our way, input prices (even operating a low input system) and farm gate prices are all worries. We will concentrate on staying as efficient as possible to keep our farm running smoothly.