Kevin Farrell

Kevin Farrell, Beef and Sheep Farmer

Alongside his wife Mary and sons Oisín, Patrick, Ríoch and Enda Kevin farms 76 ha just outside Ballymahon in county Longford. Traditionally the farm carried a herd of 60 suckler cows and 230 ewes. The suckler herd comprises of mostly cont inental type cows calving down in both the autumn and spring. One of the main focuses on the farm over the past five years has been to drive up output and reduce costs through improved grassland management. It was the adoption of better grassland management practices along with the implementation of a reseeding programme that provided him with the opportunity to establish the dairy calf to beef enterprise. Kevin was co-opted on to the Council in 2014 and elected on to Council for a three year term this year.