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'The cows had to go - the figures weren't stacking up'

John O'Connell decided to switch to contract rearing and expand his sheep operation

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Impressive results: John O'Connell is producing 100 more lambs each year off the same land base. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Impressive results: John O'Connell is producing 100 more lambs each year off the same land base. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

John using a platemeter to measure grass on the farm

John using a platemeter to measure grass on the farm

John's sheep handling facilities

John's sheep handling facilities

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Impressive results: John O'Connell is producing 100 more lambs each year off the same land base. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

'The cows had to go," Leitrim farmer John O'Connell told the National Sheep Conference recently, summing up a consensus shared by many suckler farmers in recent years.

The trends that have driven these choices are real, as evidenced by the CSO's June livestock survey, which put the suckler herd at its lowest level since 1993, with cow numbers declining by almost 5pc (48,000hd) in the past 12 months.


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