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'We either find another 50ha of ground or we will have to cut cow numbers by up to 100'

How this Cork dairy farm family is maximising output of milk solids per ha while keeping costs at a reasonable level

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John O’ Sullivan Snr recently opened the doors of his family's Cork dairy farm to the European Dairy Farmers Congress. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

John O’ Sullivan Snr recently opened the doors of his family's Cork dairy farm to the European Dairy Farmers Congress. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Cows walk on the O'Sullivan farm

Cows walk on the O'Sullivan farm

Farm Manager David McGrath with John Snr. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Farm Manager David McGrath with John Snr. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

John O'Sullivan Jnr on the farm. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

John O'Sullivan Jnr on the farm. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Victor O'Sullivan. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Victor O'Sullivan. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

First reseeding since 1973: The mixed species sward at the O’Sullivan farm

First reseeding since 1973: The mixed species sward at the O’Sullivan farm

Cows on the Cork farm

Cows on the Cork farm

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John O’ Sullivan Snr recently opened the doors of his family's Cork dairy farm to the European Dairy Farmers Congress. Photo: Dora Kazmierak and NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Last week the O’Sullivan family opened the doors of their Cork dairy farm to the European Dairy Farmers Congress, which took place in Ireland.

Over 300 visitors to the farm heard how the family farm has grown from 140 cows to 500 today and also how restrictions may curtail the number of cows the farm has in the future.


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