With both her mother and her step-father farmers, it was only a natural progression for Lucie Walsh to find her way into the world of Agriculture.
Hailing from the Czech Republic, Lucie ventured to Irish shores over one decade ago and tied the knot over two years ago with John Walsh, who also shares her striking passion for Agriculture.
“We started farming together in 2016. We made the switch from commercial cattle to pedigree cattle to make the farm profitable. I convinced my husband to take this route and it has been very worthwhile.” Lucie Walsh told Catherina Cunnane of That’s Farming.
Pedigree Aberdeen-Angus Herd
While running the farm in Knockaderreen, Listowel, Co. Kerry is only a part-time affair for both parties, Lucie wants to drive the farm forward, having placed all her faith in pedigree-registered Aberdeen-Angus cattle.
The herd may be only in its infancy, but the duo are keen to develop the farm; having sourced their foundational females from some of the best herds to be found on Irish soil. The herd was officially established in February 2017 and a total of four pedigree heifers and one pedigree cow now dominate the pastures, along with the herd’s highly-rated stockbull, all of which are managed under the ‘Boihéamach’ prefix.
“We are looking at the ever-expanding dairy markets. There is demand for the bulls in herds because they are easy calved and have a short gestation.” Lucie added.
“All calves are registered with Irish Angus Cattle Society under the ‘Boihéamach’ name. I selected this name after some research and think it is very fitting because it incorporates my background.” Lucie added.
“I am trying to breed an animal that is easy calved, suitable for dairy farmers and I have also noticed that a lot of the animals have light carcass weights. I want to add that power back into the cattle again, by using quality genetics.” Lucie said.
“I also have a Highland heifer and I am looking at the possibility of AI’ing her to a Highland bull,” Lucie added.
Over eighteen-months-ago, Lucie heard an inspirational interview on the airways, as a native of the Czech Republic shared the story behind his plunge into snail farming.
Keen to join the snail farming cohort, Lucie forged a connection with one of Ireland’s best-known snail farmers, Eva Milka, Co. Carlow and enrolled on a course to learn the basics of the craft.
“After the course, I decided to buy a few snails and start farming. I am still learning and experimenting; I didn’t want to make the jump straight into large-scale farming on half an acre.” Lucie added.
“Soils, air quality and water quality all influence the snail. At present, I have five boxes of 450 snails, so we will see how this turns out.” Lucie added.
Lucie and Jordan striving to create a profitable farm and have intentions to build their cattle numbers, as time progresses.
The team are hoping to make a hop into the show ring with her pedigree cattle over the next while, along with expanding the snail farm enterprise at a very steady rate. Keen to add another string to bow to the farm, Lucie also wants to introduce Romanov Sheep to the Emerald Isle; a way which she believes will allow her to incorporate her roots and the Czech culture into her new farming enterprise.
“I want to continue to make the farm a little different than most. We have Bohemian Shepherd dogs; so with different breeds like these it gives our farm a sense of identity and a sense of direction.” Lucie concluded.
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