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How passion and attention to detail won this Tipp man the Beef Farmer of the Year title

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Award-winning: Irish Independent Beef Farmer of the Year Dara Walton. Photo: John D Kelly

Award-winning: Irish Independent Beef Farmer of the Year Dara Walton. Photo: John D Kelly

Award-winning: Irish Independent Beef Farmer of the Year Dara Walton. Photo: John D Kelly

Cow type, optimum grass use and calf health are the focus for Dara Walton at his suckler and dairy-calf-to-beef enterprise on 135 acres at Cappagh, Co Tipperary, on the Kilkenny border.

The reigning Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Beef Farmer of the Year has farmed full-time for the last two years, having previously farmed part-time for 12 years while working as a distributor for a specialist agricultural company.

Dara’s drive to create a viable farm business centred on grass-based production points to the possibilities for the future of the Irish suckler herd.