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Measured approach: Gerry Hoey in the milking parlour on the family farm at Furryhill, Navan, Co Meath. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Measured approach: Gerry Hoey in the milking parlour on the family farm at Furryhill, Navan, Co Meath. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gerry measuring grass on the milking platform as part of his zero-grazing strategy: “There’s feed space for about 300 cows in the shed,” he says, “so I give it to them in the evening and whatever is left over I just it push in and they eat that the next morning after milking. The most important thing is to keep measuring every week.” Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gerry measuring grass on the milking platform as part of his zero-grazing strategy: “There’s feed space for about 300 cows in the shed,” he says, “so I give it to them in the evening and whatever is left over I just it push in and they eat that the next morning after milking. The most important thing is to keep measuring every week.” Photo: Gerry Mooney

The Hoeys milk 260 cows on their Co Meath farm

The Hoeys milk 260 cows on their Co Meath farm

Gerry Hoey and his father Pat

Gerry Hoey and his father Pat

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Measured approach: Gerry Hoey in the milking parlour on the family farm at Furryhill, Navan, Co Meath. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Operating two farming enterprises side by side doesn't always allow for the best use of time, money and resources.

This is why Meath farmer Gerry Hoey, alongside his father Pat, decided to consolidate the dairy side of his business while gradually rowing back on the beef.

"We were initially split between dairy and beef," says Gerry, one of the three dairy category finalists in the Zurich Farmer Insurance/Farming Independent 2019 Farmer of the Year awards.


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