'I just want to maximise the profit from what I have got'
My week: Tomas O'Leary, Rathmore, Co Kerry, sheep and beef farmer
It's getting very busy now at Tomas O'Leary's sheep and beef enterprise in Co Kerry with the first of the spring lambs already on the ground.
"We have 38 lambs so far from a flock of 250 sheep and should have the rest of them on the ground within the next 20 days or so.
"It will be busy until the end of March," he says.
The early lambs are earmarked for a lamb producer group in the region.
Tomas works the 60ac home farm in Rathmore and rents a further 90ac some miles away at Beaufort for his sheep and beef enterprise. Both farms have about 10pc of the acreage under forestry.
Apart from his main flock of Belclare-Suffolk crosses, he also runs a herd of continental weanlings which he finishes for the meat factories in counties Kildare and Meath.
The 49-year-old did his Green Cert straight from school at Pallaskenry Agricultural College.
"They didn't call it that back in the eighties. I forget what they called it but it took a year to complete," he says.