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Meet Dunlavin farmer Paul Grace who has built a herd like no other

Reporter David Medcalf went to Dunlavin to speak to Paul Grace. The maverick publican turned cattle farmer spoke of respecting tradition but also of being prepared to break free of old conventions, using versatile Continental breeds to produce not only good milk but also the best of beef

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Paul Grace.

Paul Grace.

Paul Grace.

Paul Grace.

Paul Grace. Photos Joe Byrne

Paul Grace. Photos Joe Byrne

Paul Grace with some of his herd.

Paul Grace with some of his herd.

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Paul Grace.

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Perhaps, dear reader, you have a preconceived, photo-fit, central casting image in your head of what a typical male farmer should look like. Maybe this man of your stereotype is ageing a bit. He likely has a stoop or a limp as reminder of all the toil he has performed in the fields. Chances are he wears a flat cap and is a man of few words.

Now ditch all those pre-set notions and meet Paul Grace with his burly, energetic presence and the makings of a ponytail. At 49 years of age he is no spring chicken, but the Dunlavin man appears to be anything but beaten down by decades of physical labour. When he talks – and he talks quite a bit – the voice could as well be that of a salesman or a businessman rather as that of a son of the soil.


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