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What we know now that we wish we knew before we switched to dairy

We spoke to four farmers who went dairying in recent years about their conversion and asked them to outline what they have learnt since their switch and what they would have done differently

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Tom Phelan (right) and his son Alan in the milking parlour on their farm in Foxboro, Mountrath, Co Laois

Tom Phelan (right) and his son Alan in the milking parlour on their farm in Foxboro, Mountrath, Co Laois

Looking back: Paul Fitzpatrick on his farm outside Trim, Co Meath. Photos: Seamus Farrelly

Looking back: Paul Fitzpatrick on his farm outside Trim, Co Meath. Photos: Seamus Farrelly

Dylan in the milking parlour

Dylan in the milking parlour

Dylan Donnelly, who is leasing his farm near Barraduff outside Killarney, Co Kerry. Photos: Don MacMonagle

Dylan Donnelly, who is leasing his farm near Barraduff outside Killarney, Co Kerry. Photos: Don MacMonagle

Dylan checking the grass quality

Dylan checking the grass quality

Dylan in his sheds

Dylan in his sheds

Paul wishes he had started grass measuring a few years before converting to dairy

Paul wishes he had started grass measuring a few years before converting to dairy

Paul with his robot

Paul with his robot

One of Paul's cows

One of Paul's cows

Paul working in the sheds

Paul working in the sheds

Paul with his wife Tamara and children Willow (5), Lenny (3) and Indie (4 months)

Paul with his wife Tamara and children Willow (5), Lenny (3) and Indie (4 months)

Gillian O'Sullivan on her farm in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gillian O'Sullivan on her farm in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Tom's milking parlour

Tom's milking parlour

Gillian with her husband Neil

Gillian with her husband Neil

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Tom Phelan (right) and his son Alan in the milking parlour on their farm in Foxboro, Mountrath, Co Laois

Paul Fitzpatrick, Clonfane Farm, Trim, Co Meath

‘I should have converted sooner — I wish I’d started when I graduated’

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