'It's a great life - I am my own boss' - 27-year- old on why he's happy with farming as a career
My week: Tom O'Donoghue
Tom O'Donoghue was elected vice president of Munster Macra last week and the 27-year- old reckons the office will take up most of his spare time over the coming two years.
"I was elected last Tuesday unopposed and will be ratified at the upcoming AGM in Drumshambo in May," says Tom who has been involved in the organisation since he was a teenager.
"I'm delighted. I will give it my best shot - 110pc," says the young dairyman.
Tom farms with his father Willie and mother Mary at the home place at Cappoquin, Co Waterford.
The farm has been in the O'Donoghue name since the 1740s. They run a herd of Holstein-Friesan crosses on the 110ac farm and also work a 20ac out farm and 40ac of gorse.
The herd produced 412,000 litres of milk for Glanbia from 77 cows last year and the family expect the herd to hit 500,000 litres this year.
Tom is happy enough with the milk price the farm is getting at the moment - 31c/l before bonuses. "Prices are good but they could become uncertain with Brexit down the line. I hope the Government is prepared for these talks," he says.
No one knows what the impact of Brexit will be but a real-life blight on the landscape are the deer who ramble into the O'Donoghue paddocks from the nearby forests.