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Going down the alternative route to dairy growth

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Peter and Jenny Young, who are based in Athy, Co Kildare

Peter and Jenny Young, who are based in Athy, Co Kildare

Peter and Jenny Young, who are based in Athy, Co Kildare

For Peter and Jenny Young, diversification has always been a key factor in growing their business.

In 2004, a few years after taking over the family farm, they had a dairy herd of 65 cows farming 71.6ha of land, including 12ha of tillage.

They began to look at options for the future but concentrated on keeping costs down, out-wintering all cows on kale and Italian ryegrass.