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Sunday 24 March 2019

Watch: How this man who built up a scanning business to complement his farming

FarmIreland Team

FarmIreland Team

Chris Johnston farms a 95ac suckler farm with this father and brother outside Fivemiletown, Tyrone.

But, in 2013 he started a scanning business as he wanted a new career partly because lack of land means he can’t increase his herd size.

At the time, he noticed farmers were using more scanners and he thought he could provide a service to meet the growing demand.

He now travels across Ireland scanning cows, goats and sheep. Chris also does AI and embryo work he estimates that he scans 20,000 sheep and 90,000 cows a year.

According to Chris, the scanning business and farming work well together. It does take planning though, he says.

"I generally do the work early in the morning and late at night."

But he's a farmer at heart. “I love keeping my own cattle it’s a way of life. I pass no remarks.

“I enjoy getting out at nights working with my own cattle. Im looking at cows every day but I still enjoy working with my own stock.

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