Name: Eamonn Fallon
Location: South Roscommon
How long have you been farming? I’m 37 I have been farming since my father died when I was 12 and I've been farming since then.
What sort of operation are you farming? How many cows? What sort of acreage?
I’m in a partnership with my mother since 2015. I’m finishing cattle I was at suckler until 2014. I’m finishing on average 250 a year mainly bull to beef. We are running 50 hectares. I also run about 50 ewes and I buy cull ewes and fatten them.
What has your week been like?
Last week I was on midterm I’m a secondary school teacher. I used the week to catch up on farming. We housed store cattle for winter, the other half went to grass that will hopefully last til Christmas. Ground is surprisingly dry considering the weather we got in summer. We can grazie longer in the autumn and earlier in the spring.
I was working on stone wall maintenance. We killed some cattle last week and got on well considering. We attended the sale in Roscommon on Friday and when I had a free moment I enjoyed a bit of shooting for the pheasant as the season has just begun.
What’s been the biggest challenge for you this season?
The high price of quality bulls has been a big challenge we are competing with the Turkish buyers for store bulls and other farmers for quality feeding bulls.
What was the good news event on your farm this week?
I made use of my midterm break well and enjoyed the nice weather.
What are your future plans?
Standing still is going backwards I like to keep moving all the time and want to grow the business further.
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