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'We try to do the simple things well' - Beef Farmer of the Year on finishing cattle in Kilkenny

Beef and Safety Farmer of the Year John Phelan talks to Ann Fitzgerald about how there are always challenges on his Kilkenny farm - but there are always opportunities too

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John Phelan on his farm at Blanchville House in Kilkenny. Picture: Alf Harvey.

John Phelan on his farm at Blanchville House in Kilkenny. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The green silage matts that are replacing the tyres on John Phelan's farm are called "Maxseal Mats" from  Monaghan. Photo: Alf Harvey

The green silage matts that are replacing the tyres on John Phelan's farm are called "Maxseal Mats" from Monaghan. Photo: Alf Harvey

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John Phelan on his farm at Blanchville House in Kilkenny. Picture: Alf Harvey.

I am an hour into my walk around the farm at Blanchville House, a few miles from Kilkenny city, when my host John Phelan says something that stops me in my tracks: "You have to make the most of your opportunities," he says.

It sounds obvious - but how many of us really do so.


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