Simply the best: the mobile sheep handling unit for all seasons
As sheep numbers and the workload grew on the farm, the pair set out seven years ago to find a sheep handling unit.
It was their travels across Ireland and then England that led onto another enterprise that takes up much of their time - a compact mobile handling unit called Shepherdsmate.
"We looked around Ireland and we couldn't find anything to suit all our needs," explained George, who has an electronic and mechanics background through the firm he set up more than 25 years, GH Best Ltd. The company installs computerised ventilation and feeding systems on pig farms throughout Ireland and the UK.
"So we looked to the English market and we discovered a sheep handling unit there. We bought a unit off this company and put it in the yard as a fixed unit.
"Then in 2012 we bought the English company and started manufacturing it ourselves and converted it to make it mobile and named it Shepherdsmate."
George said they've sold a lot of Shepherdsmate units over the past year throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK market is also developing. "Our customers vary from very progressive sheep farmers to part-time farmers who may not have much help and also a bad back and want to make things easier.
Recently, he said that grants available under the TAMS scheme had helped drive sales.
"Our market is really going to be the English market and we'll be expanding there," said George.