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Grassroots inspiration on one of the most productive dairy farms in the country

Martin Ryan travelled to east Limerick last week to see how the Macnamara family have built their farm into one of the most productive dairy holdings in the country

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Green shoots: John and Olivia Macnamara with their children Caoimhe (14), Conor (3), Pádraic (12) and Ailbhe (10)

Green shoots: John and Olivia Macnamara with their children Caoimhe (14), Conor (3), Pádraic (12) and Ailbhe (10)

Stan Lalor of Grassland Agro speaking about soil fertility management at the open day on the Macnamara farm

Stan Lalor of Grassland Agro speaking about soil fertility management at the open day on the Macnamara farm

Some of the farmers and their families at the open day on the Starview Farm in Co Limerick. Photo: O’Gorman Photography

Some of the farmers and their families at the open day on the Starview Farm in Co Limerick. Photo: O’Gorman Photography

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Green shoots: John and Olivia Macnamara with their children Caoimhe (14), Conor (3), Pádraic (12) and Ailbhe (10)

The work ethic and love for farming instilled in John Macnamara by his parents from a young age has seen him develop the family's holding into one of the most efficient dairy farms in the country.

The figures tell their own story. In a relatively short period of time, the Macnamaras have achieved a five-fold increase in milk production, milk solids have increased to 483kg/cow producing 1,016kg solids/ha, and the herd EBI is in the top 10pc nationally.

Star View Farm is near the village of Knockainey in east Limerick, and last year John was named the Teagasc Grassland Farmer of the Year, another national accolade for a man who won Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Future and FBD National Farmyard awards in recent years.


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