Beef farmer on managing a 250ac farm and its 280 pedigree Charolais cattle
My week: Darragh McManus
Farm manager Darragh McManus is busy picking this year's show team from the renowned Bostonia Herd.
The pair of Charolais stock charged with representing the herd - which is based in Dromore West, Enniscrone, Co Sligo - at the upcoming Balmoral Show are Gretna House Lord and Bostonia Machine
Darragh has managed the 250ac farm and its 280 pedigree cattle for the past year and is quietly confident of a good showing season - particularly when it comes to the business end of proceedings at the Tullamore Show and Ploughing Championships.
"It's not all about rosettes but they help," the 32-year-old Enniskillen native comments.
"The herd won rosettes at the Christmas Cracker show in Elphin with top female Bustara Joy, but this year we are aiming for rosettes at the Tullamore Show," Darragh adds.
Darragh is in the unusual position of working for bosses who are based across the Atlantic, with the farm and herd owned by the Feeney brothers who live and work in Boston.
The main decisions on the Enniscrone farm are taken jointly with the owners, who return home about four times a year to make the breeding and selling options associated with the enterprise.
"We keep in touch by email and phone every month, so they are up to date on what is happening. And of course they come home to Enniscrone a few times a year. It works well," Darragh says.