This Westmeath farmer says nitrates banding goes against what he has been striving to achieve

‘It’s hard to digest the logic – the banding is penalising the most efficient cows’

Always looking to improve: Michael Clarke on his farm just outside Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath. Photos: Niall Hurson

Niall Hurson

Dairy farmers across the country have been coming to terms with which nitrates band their herd now falls under.