My week: 'A milk price of between 34c/l and 36c/l would be fair for everyone'
Lorcan McCABE,, Bailieborough, Co Cavan - farmer and ICMSA officer
Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30
Lorcan McCabe, a get-on-with-it type of dairy farmer, doesn't approve of what he labels 'whingeing' about negative milk and beef prices.
"Listen. Whingeing is the wrong way to go about things for farmers or in any walk of life for that matter. You're going to have good years and bad years in farming but instead of whingeing all the time people should look on the bright side," he says.
"In the good years you can invest in the farm or machinery and in the bad years you just cut back."
Lorcan farms 100ac with an additional 30 leased acres outside Bailieborough in Co Cavan, supplying milk to Lakelands from his 75-cow herd which is mainly Friesian.
It's been a busy few weeks for the father of four.
The bookkeeper is currently running the rule over the farm accounts and Loran, an ICMSA executive member, is crossing his fingers that a recent lobby of the economic Ministers, Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin is successful.
"I like to do the accounts in October and November so you know what tax bill you have to cater for. I don't wait until January because I just I don't like surprises", Loran says
The pre- budget lobby of the economic Ministers was useful, he says.