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Why the decision to breed his entire dairy herd to Hereford bulls is delivering for this Tipperary farmer

Shane Hourigan has strong demand from regular customers for the Hereford cross calves from his thriving 120-cow dairy herd in south Tipperary, writes Martin Ryan

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Shane Hourigan on his farm near Cullen, Co Tipperary

Shane Hourigan on his farm near Cullen, Co Tipperary

Shane Hourigan on his farm near Cullen, Co Tipperary

The decision to breed his entire dairy herd to Hereford bulls is delivering benefits that Tipperary farmer Shane Hourigan could not have anticipated when he opted for the traditional beef breed.

While many dairy farmers are struggling to cope with the absence of calf sales through the marts due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Shane says his Hereford cross calves are sold before they are born.

"I am benefiting from the strong demand from farmers for good Hereford cross calves off the dairy herd, and all the calves are sold off the farm to regular customers every year," he says.