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Gearoid Maher

Gearoid Maher took over a farm in Cappamore, Co. Limerick a year after finishing his degree in Ag Science, supplying to Dairygold. The farm had been in his family for five generations, but it had been rented out and there was very little for him to work with. Gearoid says that he managed to get the money to buy a herd of cows and installed the necessary infrastructure, and he was determined to make it work.
Gearoid farms in partnership with his wife Sarah and his two daughters, and they milk 110 pedigree British Friesian cows – a breed that his father and grandfather before him had worked with – on 200 acres. Gearoid and Sarah are very conscious of the environment around them and focus a lot of farming practices towards reducing inputs and on animal welfare. For example, Gearoid doesn’t cut his hedges – he believes we all need to realise that we can’t keep cutting hedges or keep spraying fields with fertiliser.

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