'There's no way you can make money from beef these days'
My week: Barry Lenihan
Barry Lenihan is up to his eyes at the moment, what with running the suckler enterprise on the home farm in Adare, Co Limerick and working with South West Forestry as a financial adviser to clients interested in investing in forestry.
He carries some 40 suckler cows on his holding near the picturesque village and sells them at local marts such as Sixmilebridge, Kilmallock and Listowel - and when not on the farm, he is at his desk assessing land parcels throughout the country for SWS.
The 44-year-old splits his time between the two jobs, with forestry taking up most of his time and providing for his family of five.
"There is no way you would make a living on the returns from cattle farming at the moment, so the forestry work is essential.
"I try and keep my farming activities to my spare time. That's the way it is," Barry explains.
Up to 2009 he worked with Ulster Bank and then transferred to SWS Forestry to cover financial and legal matters at the firm.
Over the past few years, he has noticed some interesting trends emerging on farmers' attitudes to forestry - not least the fact that intensive beef farmers and - to a lesser extent - dairy farmers are coming back into the market for parcels of lands suitable for afforestation.
The trend is similar to what was happening in the 1980s when dairy farmers used to buy blocks of marginal land to create a new income stream in forestry and increase their Single Farm Payment.