Dairy farmer Donald Scully's simple philosophy is a useful one
‘My Week’ - Donald Scully, Ballyhyland, Co Laois - Dairy Farmer
Published 02/02/2016 | 12:11
Donald Scully has a simple philosophy – ‘’the sun isn’t going to shine everyday when you wake up’’ and it’s a useful philosophy to have when you are getting 24c/l for your milk.
“If you have no debt and no land rentals to meet and no requirement for re-investing in the farm then you might be able to ride it out on the current milk price.
“I am not a bit happy with the average price I am getting from Glanbia at the back end of a very good year. It is depressing.
“We are not in touch with reality when it comes to the cost of milk production,” the 44-year-old father-of-three young children sighs.
Donald runs a dairy farm at Ballyhyland a few miles from the former site for the National Ploughing championship site in Ratheniska, Co Laois. He has a herd of 150 Pedigree Friesian Holsteins grazing across the 125ac home farm and a further 120ac of rented land.
They are ‘serious cows’ milking about 7,000 litres a head and they are rated ninth in the national EBI tables with an average figure of 218.
The home farm has been in the family across three generations and Donald took over developing the farm when his father, Pat, handed over the reins when he took early retirement in 1994.
“I had just finished at Rockwell and my dad, who was a progressive farmer, decided it was time to retire and hand the farm over to his only son. He still does a bit around the farm,” said Donald, explaining that for the most part it is a one-man operation.