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Maighréad Barron - Leasing a dairy farm at 24 years of age.

FBD Farmer of the Year - Land Mobility 2018 and 2020, Top 4 finalist FBD Macra NaFeirme Young Farmer of the Year, Maighréad  Barron is really ripping it up. The performance of her herd this year is a true credit to her perseverance, hard work and determination in just 3 short years.  Maighréad  runs us through how she came to going out on her own. her hopes for the future and top tips for pre and post cow husbandry. Being reared on a dairy farm, I suppose you could say I’ve been farming my whole life. It wasn’t until 2018 I started farming on my own.  I took up a 15 year lease on a Dairy farm in Clonea Power,...

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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail ? - Millie McIntyre

  Millie McIntyre is this months Ballybar Collective guest blogger and she has knocked it out of the park with her thoughts on planning for the future and goal setting. Millie, also known as @tales.of.an.irish.farm.house  is based in Tullamore, milking 85 Friesian and crossbred high yielding cows with one Delaval V300 robot, on a grass-based system. The cows are split between Spring and Autumn calving on 220 (owned) acres. Retaining all heifer calves, selling any beef or surplus Friesian heifers at about 15 months and the bull calves are generally sold locally. The usual suspects are also running around the farm as well, hens, ponies and a handful of sheep. Millie is this months Ballybar Collective guest blogger and she has...

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The Farming Queen - Emma McCormack

Emma McCormack, the farming queen runs through her top tips for the drying off period, her take on selective dry cow therapy and her plans for the near future. She is one busy lady, miking 400 cows and also running 100 sucklers and 200 sheep on the home farm. 

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THE CALF GIRL -Alice Hodges

Alice Hodges otherwise known as The Calf Girl is originally from the UK but as the story goes met an Irish fella while on placement in New Zealand and now finds herself here in Ireland farming and living the dream.

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