Young Farmer of the Year prize for Mayo man
Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30
A dairy farmer from Mayo has been named the FBD Young Farmer of the Year.
Kevin Moran was declined a bank loan nine times before he succeeded in getting the finance to start milking cows on a rented farm just outside Tuam in Co Galway.
Four years later, the youngest of 11 children is milking 220 cows and adds the prestigious Farmer of the Year title to his already impressive resumé.
The 23-year-old was a former Teagasc student of the year, and a Nuffield scholar, which allowed him to travel around the world to study different ways in which farmers could access finance.
Nearly all of his land is leased, and Mr Moran gets contractors to do everything from make silage to rear his replacement stock.
"Even my old tractor broke down 10 months ago, but I haven't bothered fixing it yet because all my investment focus has been in the cows," he told the Irish Independent.
The herd is 100pc spring calving.
Mr Moran is also a member of three discussion groups: The West Awake discussion group, The Blackwater discussion group and European Dairy Farmers.