'I love to see the reactions from farmers': The Kilkenny farmer who became a serial inventor
My week: Liam Murphy
Liam Murphy has spent his life milking cows and conjuring up new innovations to make life on the farm easier.
Liam, who is in his late 50s, runs the family's 75-acre home dairy farm in Lisdowney, Co Kilkenny with its 90 British Friesians and a further 50 acre out farm for replacements and beef.
He supplies Glanbia -"the Kilkenny plant is about a mile away" - and is happy with his current milk price but says that the Government has to devise some mechanism to bring in a floor price for milk.
"The way it is at the moment, if you have two bad years in dairying - like 2009/2010 - you could be wiped out. It's very risky," he says.
"There should be no dilly-dallying on this issue. This year's price has been good but it is being underpinned by the strong international butter price which is up, but what happens when this price goes down?" he asks.
Liam is helped on the farm by his "farming son" Brian (25) and wife Breda, who is currently working with the HSE in Naas and running the holiday home attached to the farm.
The couple's three other children work off farm with the eldest, Paul (28), now switching his banking career for teaching, while Stephen (26) runs an antiques company and his sister Aoife is a radiologist in Birmingham.
"Brian was always going to be the farmer and is now back in Kilkenny doing his Green Cert after completing a degree in Alternative Energy at the University of Limerick."