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My week... Diarmuid Murray
Diarmuid Murray has just begun working on his uncle Seamus's 95 acre farm at Knockcroghery in Co Roscommon where is hoping to build up his own dairy herd over the next few years.
And when he is not in the milking parlour, Diarmuid (23) is away on Macra business having been elected as the organisation's Roscommon chairman last month. It's not a full-time job but it is taking up two days of his week at the moment.
"We have good old crack in Macra. It is a great education and it is great for socialising. I'd be on Macra business at least one day during the week and one at the weekend. I cover the Macra stands at the local shows and social evenings.
"We had a sheep racing contest at the Roscommon Lamb festival last month and everyone really enjoyed it," says Diarmuid.
To the uninitiated a sheep racing contest sees lambs and ewes run over an enclosed 40 metre course and the winner takes all as they say.
At the moment Diarmuid and his uncle are milking a herd of 105 black and whites and supplying milk to Aurivo at an average price of between 31c/l and 32c/l.
The plan is for Diarmuid to take over from his uncle in a few years time. In the meantime, he plans to continue building up the British Friesian herd. Calves from the herd are reared at the nearby farm of his parents Sean and Mary.
Diarmuid, the middle son of three, is obviously the farmer of the family. His brother Colm is doing an engineering degree at the University of Limerick and his other brother, Stephen, is on a post education grand tour and travelling through South America at the moment.