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Five years after switching to dairying, there's no going back for this former suckler farmer


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Ed O'Sullivan has switched from a suckler herd to milking 80 cows on his Co Kerry farm. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Ed O'Sullivan has switched from a suckler herd to milking 80 cows on his Co Kerry farm. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Ed O'Sullivan has switched from a suckler herd to milking 80 cows on his Co Kerry farm. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Ed O'Sullivan should have been looking forward to a profitable future in suckler farming. In the 1990s he was producing finished beef at 12 months for a niche market returning a premium price.

His 27-hectare farm between Farranfore and Killarney was entirely devoted to an autumn calving suckler herd of 38 cows and their followers.

Yet, today the same farm is home to a herd of 80 high-yielding dairy cows, and looking back Ed knows he made the right decision a few years ago to say goodbye to the sucker enterprise.


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