Young FBD Farmer of the Year PJ O'Keeffe was up to his eyes refurbishing his milking parlour when we spoke last week and asked for a small PJ is a dairy farmer driving in the fifth gear and his ambitions for his own farm and for Irish farming Watch: The mobile calf feeder that can feed up to 30 calves. Instead of joining the dairy boom, the O'Rourkes converted a milking parlour to a sanctuary for those needing therapy. Trish Flanagan reports. Re: Meet the farmers with the mobile milking parlour. Quote Originally Posted by cudder View Post. I think the point is that these chaps didn't.
The workmen then found that the roof was irreparable. It was the lowest point. Her husband, John, came up with the solution.
Meet the farmers with the mobile milking parlour
They kept the slate roof, patched and insulated it, and put a corrugated roof over it. The inside was also insulated and lined with timber.
The renovated parlour has views of the Galtee and Ballyhoura Mountains, through large, arched picture windows. A lawn and wall separate the sanctuary from the farm buildings.
Here, I became project manager, and organised all the workers. I even drove to Munster Joinery in Kerry, and brought back the windows and doors in the trailer. It was an incredible learning for me.
I like the idea that the two complement each other. His mother comes from a couple of miles down the road, so he went back to his farming roots.
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She grew up in Bruff. But if you saw me last spring, I was out there in my wellies feeding calves by hand. It was like having babies all over again!
The activity of farming, or doing something with the land, is mindful. And once the cows started calvign in February we'd get the cows in the barn and then we had to learn every day what we could do to make it better and I guess even today we're making improvements — Tom Foot, Dairy farmer At the end of the session the mobile milking parlour is packed up and moved Credit: ITV West Both have farming backgrounds.
Tom is also an engineer and Neil is an accountant.
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They reckon they've done their homework and while many dairy farmers are looking to get out of the industry they're confident they can make this work for them. Every day about litres, that's about 13 hundred gallons, leaves the farm for the local creamery about two miles away, helping keep down their carbon footprint.
It makes top quality Cheddar cheese. The people at the creamery were so impressed with the process, they told The West COuntry Tonight about it. The cows are milked just once a day, and not at all for two months in the winter, so the milk is better for cheese and the dairy is happy to pay a premium.Pasture based milking systems
Although they're only six months into their venture, Tom and Neil are already talking about renting more land and doubling the size of their herd. Watch the full report from John Andrews: Last updated Thu 17 Jul