'We decided to concentrate on what we do best'
My week: Philip Murphy
Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30
Thing are flying for Philip Murphy on the crop spraying front and he hopes it remains that way until he finishes his work on the 2,000ac of tillage land that the family own or hold in long term leases across three counties.
The Murphy family - dad Martin Snr, who is now in his 60s, big brother Martin Jnr who is in his mid 30s and Philip who is rising thirty - have been growing malting barley for 40 years.
Originally the farm was originally tillage interspersed with livestock but went over to an exclusively tillage enterprise around 10 years ago.
The family have been farming for three generations at their home base in Killabeg outside Ferns in Co Wexford and they have also expanded into Wicklow and Carlow.
Philip's Leeb GS6 Horsch is a familiar site across the region at this time of year as the Murphys have become one of the main suppliers to Boortmalt in Enniscorthy who are the main malt providers for Guinness and Heineken in this country.
They switched to tillage only because, in Philip's words, they came to the conclusion that the best way forward for their enterprise was to "concentrate on what we did best".
And that's means 100pc growing quality malting barley, winter barley and wheat and beans.
Using the home farm as a base they expanded through further land acquisitions and by leasing farms and conacre as the opportunities arose and they have built up what is a very substantial operation.