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How the Farmer of the Year is adding a new dimension to a traditional dairy holding


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David Russell on the family farm at Corbally House, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo: John Kelly

David Russell on the family farm at Corbally House, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo: John Kelly

Winning team: David and Loughlin Russell on the family farm in Co Tipperary. Photo: John Kelly

Winning team: David and Loughlin Russell on the family farm in Co Tipperary. Photo: John Kelly

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David Russell on the family farm at Corbally House, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo: John Kelly

David Russell is the youngest winner of the Zurich Farm Insurance/Farming Independent Farmer of the Year, and he modestly insists that much of his success is down to his father Loughlin, with whom he farms in partnership at Corbally House near Thurles.

But David has definitely brought something extra to the farm. In 2015 the enterprise consisted of 100 cows with all beef calves reared to 24 months. The addition of 58 acres in 2016 has seen the farm rapidly expand to 240 cows.

The Russells milk all year round and 2020 will see the herd grow to 300 and switch to 100pc spring calving.


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