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Tom Browne and his son Simon on their farm at Greenhills in east Cork

Tom Browne and his son Simon on their farm at Greenhills in east Cork

Tom Browne and his son Simon on their farm at Greenhills in east Cork

It's a milestone for the Irish dairy industry, and the culmination of a lifetime's work and dreams. This spring Tom Browne's visions have come true as he calves down 1,046 cows on his Greenhills farm in east Cork. "In a way it just creeps up on you," laughs the ever-genial Tom.

"Some 15 years ago when we first installed a 60 unit rotary parlour we were milking 300 cows. That moved to 500, then 600, and 700, and last year we milked 880. But it has always been dependent on getting more land, and we were lucky last autumn to lease another 100ac. That opened the way for us to get to the 1,000 cow mark," he explains.


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