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Breeding variety and a compact calving season - one suckler farmer's route to beef profits

Niall O’Meara is achieving impressive results with the beef breeding programme on his farm in Galway

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Family farm: Niall O’Meara with his daughter Kate and son Jack at his farm in Kilquain, Killimor, Co. Galway

Family farm: Niall O’Meara with his daughter Kate and son Jack at his farm in Kilquain, Killimor, Co. Galway

Outdoors approach: Niall's calving season runs from August to October, meaning he can calve the calves outdoors and the calves are ready to hit the ground running and on fresh spring grass for weight gain

Outdoors approach: Niall's calving season runs from August to October, meaning he can calve the calves outdoors and the calves are ready to hit the ground running and on fresh spring grass for weight gain

Niall’s herd of 34 suckler cows is made up of a variety of breeds including Charolais, Angus, Simmental,  Limousin and Saler.

Niall’s herd of 34 suckler cows is made up of a variety of breeds including Charolais, Angus, Simmental, Limousin and Saler.

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Family farm: Niall O’Meara with his daughter Kate and son Jack at his farm in Kilquain, Killimor, Co. Galway

Farming wasn’t his choice of career when he left school, but late starter Niall O’Meara is thriving in the beef game.

I never studied agriculture in college because I didn’t think I’d end up in farming”, says Niall, who won the FBD Euro-Star €200 competition two years ago.


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