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Why this Cork farmer ditched dairying to breed Wagyu beef cattle

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Conor Sheahan on his farm at Ballinatona, Millstreet, Co Cork with his Wagyu herd. Photos: O'Gorman Photography

Conor Sheahan on his farm at Ballinatona, Millstreet, Co Cork with his Wagyu herd. Photos: O'Gorman Photography

Wagyu cattle being massaged on Conor's farm

Wagyu cattle being massaged on Conor's farm

Conor's herd grazing

Conor's herd grazing

Conor with his wife Lavinia, mother Mary and children Adelina, Keithan & Calvin

Conor with his wife Lavinia, mother Mary and children Adelina, Keithan & Calvin

Conor Shehan's herd of Wagyus

Conor Shehan's herd of Wagyus

Conor with his herd

Conor with his herd

Conor's herd grazing

Conor's herd grazing

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Conor Sheahan on his farm at Ballinatona, Millstreet, Co Cork with his Wagyu herd. Photos: O'Gorman Photography

When Conor Sheahan took over the family farm in 2012, he continued with the dairy enterprise which had been in place for a generation.

But by 2018, he had had enough of being “tied to the farm”, and “never being able to switch off” and decided it was time to get out.


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