FARMER AMBASSADOR

Niall Moore

Niall Moore farms with his wife (a teacher) and their four children in Annestown, Co Waterford, caring for 130 cows. Niall has invested in a robotic milking system that allows the cow to choose when she wants to be milked, constantly monitors her health and allows Niall strict control over his grazing system – all of which delivers improved milk yield and quality as well as a more contented cow.
He is a keen advocate for clover (red and white) and species such as chicory and plaintain in the sward – reducing his usage of chemical nitrogen fertiliser and its associated emissions.

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