Name: Conor Murphy
Location: Tullow, County Carlow
Background in Agriculture? When did you start farming?
I have been farming as long as I can remember I'm the eldest of 4 children so when I was old enough to help out I was giving dad a hand so Mam could mind the others.
What sort of Farming are you at?
We started dairying 2 years ago we were in sucklers and so far we haven’t looked back it's very handy having a check at the end of each month!
Tell me about your farm? System in place, day to day tasks?
I myself am into purebred breeding, our herd is called Ardclay pedigrees. I take after my mothers side of the family in this interest. I have a handful of purebred shorthorn cows and recently purchased a yearling heifer from Stirling sales this October. I'm trying to introduce new and better breeding to my herd. I also purchased a purebred angus cow last year so I hope to show both breeds this summer .
What is your favourite thing about farming?
My favourite thing about farming has to be getting out in the fresh air early in the morning to milk cows or getting cattle ready for a show it's hard work but the rewards make it worth it.
Have you always wanted to be a farmer?
I have always wanted to be a farmer from a very young age I'm sure any of my friends are very sick of me talking about farming all the time. I think there is a future for me as a farmer I think that dairy farming should provide for any family as long as it's done right and there will always be a few purebreds running around the farm showing is my main hobby and that won't change.
Do you want to study Agriculture at third level?
I am currently studying at kildalton agricultural college in Kilkenny hoping to do an advanced course in dairy herd management
What are your future plans in farming?
I hope to push on the home farm and expand in cow numbers and growing better quality and a bigger quantity of grass as that is the cheapest feed