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Lockdown has left farmers working seven days a week with no end in sight

If dairy farm has to dump milk it could cost €40,000

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Ploughing on: Peter and Paula Hynes on their farm in Aherla, Co Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

Ploughing on: Peter and Paula Hynes on their farm in Aherla, Co Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

Peter and Paula Hynes pictured with the award on their farm Aherla, Co. Cork.  Picture: Clare Keogh

Peter and Paula Hynes pictured with the award on their farm Aherla, Co. Cork. Picture: Clare Keogh

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Ploughing on: Peter and Paula Hynes on their farm in Aherla, Co Cork. Photo: Clare Keogh

Cork dairy farmers Peter and Paula Hynes have been self-isolating on their farm in Aherla for weeks.

As the 180-cow dairy farm moves into peak milking season, Mr Hynes told the Irish Independent that if milk is not collected from his farm for a month and he had to dump it, it would cost him about €40,000.

"Four weeks ago when we saw coronavirus heading this way, we decided to isolate ourselves as best as possible to protect the farm. I go to the agri merchants once and week and Paula does a grocery shop once a week. The farm has to operate seven days a week, but we cannot expose ourselves in any way to coronavirus."