In the annual results of the Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS), the bottom-line story on farm income levels tends to draw most of the attention. However, the NFS contains a wealth of detail beyond this income story.
Continually improving the efficiency of his farm is one of the goals of dairy farmer James Power, who milks 85 cows outside the village of Kilmacthomas, 25km from Waterford City, with the help of his parents Anne and Nicholas and his wife Denise, who also works as a civil servant in Tramore Garda Station.
Rather than be put off a career in farming when his older brother Jimmy took over the family farm in Summerhill, Co Meath, Richard Austin took the road less travelled and moved to The Colony, Louisburgh, Co Mayo to work alongside his uncle at the age of 19.
Farming can be difficult at the best of times. Trying to juggle it with a demanding off-farm career can be doubly challenging, but it's manageable as Brian Roche is proving on his farm just outside Kilkenny city .
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