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."
The Hynes run a spring-calving herd, so peak milk production is just around the corner for them.
"As a spring calving herd we hit peak milk production in May and the milk price in May, June and July has the biggest impact on our profitability for the year."
The farm produces just over one million litres of milk a year, with 120,000-130,000 litres of that produced in each of the three peak months.
The farm will be in crisis if milk collections cannot continue as normal.
"Milk is collected every two days from the farm and every load is tested to ensure traceability and quality and for antibiotics, chlorine levels, bacteria, mastitis.
"We could store four days' milk production at this time of the year, but after that it would have to be poured into a slurry tank or spread on the land."
If that happened for a month in peak season, it would cost them in the region of €40,000.
The couple, who grew their dairy herd from 50 cows to 180 in recent years, did so at a cost. They expanded in 2015 from 50 cows to 180, as Mr Hynes says they thought it was the most profitable way for their farm to go.
And everything was pointing towards a good year for milk prices before coronavirus. Now, their self-isolation means there's very little movement in or out of the farm.
Their three children, Chloe, Becky and Georgie, are out of school almost three weeks and they don't have friends over, but are kept busy on the farm.
"As a family farm, it became easier to self-isolate as we all have our different jobs and the kids out working on the farm, they have ponies so can go off on them during the day."
The farm currently has just over 100 calves, which they can't sell because marts were closed as part of measures announced to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
This means the farm will have to hold onto the calves until they can find alternative ways to sell them.
"We have more calves that need to be moved - as a farmer you have to limit the potential for a disease outbreak and having so many young animals in the spring can leave the farm exposed. So there's a bigger workload in keeping them healthy."
The Hynes have had communication from their processor that help will be available to them to source relief staff for the farm if one of them contracts coronavirus. But for now they are limiting their exposure to coronavirus as best they can.
"There are washing facilities and de-sanitisation area for the milk lorry driver. We have absolutely no contact with the milk lorry driver when he comes into the yard and also with feed or fertiliser deliveries, we have no contact with the driver."
As they're extremely busy in spring, they always try to take a break of two days at the end of April, but that won't happen. "We can't expose the farm by bringing in relief staff unless we absolutely need do. So for now it continues to be a seven-day-a-week operation for us with no end in sight."