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‘There was two years of planning in our switch to dairy — it wasn’t just a case of going out and buying heifers and starting milking’

Enda Farrell convinced his parents to make the change from dairy-calf-to-beef when he went into partnership with them on the family farm in Co Longford. And after 10 months of milking, he reckons they have made a ‘great start’ but he is determined to keep improving all the time

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Enda Farrell in the milking parlour on his family farm near Ballymahon, Co Longford. Photos: Brian Farrell

Enda Farrell in the milking parlour on his family farm near Ballymahon, Co Longford. Photos: Brian Farrell

Enda Farrell in the milking parlour on his family farm near Ballymahon, Co Longford. Photos: Brian Farrell

A couple of weeks of teacher training college was enough for Enda Farrell to know it wasn’t for him. Farming was the career he wanted, and his decision was validated last month when he won the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year 2019 award.

After the Leaving Cert in 2016 I went to UL to do secondary school teaching, but I just didn’t like it, it wasn’t for me,” he says. “So I headed to Ballyhaise the following September and was there until June 2019.”


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