Meet Fergal Fitzpatrick a man taking the Dairy industry by storm


This week we chatted with Fergal Fitzpatrick, an assistant dairy manager from County Cavan.

Meet Fergal Fitzpatrick a man taking the Dairy industry by storm

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This week we chatted with Fergal Fitzpatrick, an assistant dairy manager from County Cavan.

Fergal Fitzpatrick is 23 years of age, and currently works as an assistant manager on a farm in Westmeath.

They milk 330 cows twice daily, and this is carried out on a 400 acre tillage farm which was converted into a state of the art milking parlour.

The farm is unique in that it was the first in the country to build a rotary milking system, pictured below.

Fergal was always destined to enter the dairy industry, with his father still running a successful dairy farm in his home county of Cavan.

He remembers fondly when he was younger being out to help his dad around the farm, or "probably being a nuisance" as Fergal admitted himself with a giggle.

There's also the "many" times where he was giving out to for "bringing in the wrong cattle", all innocent he admits.

He always held an interest in the agriculture industry and upon finishing school he made his way to Ballyhaise Agricultural college.

Here Fergal spent two years, completing a Level 5 green cert and finishing up with a level 6 advanced certificate in Dairy.

The studies weren't finished here though, as Fergal then set off for Moorepark where he completed a Diploma in Dairy Farm Management.

This he says he thoroughly enjoyed, and set him on his journey to where he is today.

From here the hard work began, as Fergal packed his bags and headed back home to Cavan.

Here he helped out at home with his father, as well as taking a job in Ballyjamesduff for a year at a local dairy farm.

It was this job that gave him the experience needed to take on his current Assistant managers role with GD in Westmeath.

He has been there just about a year now, and hasn't looked back.

His day starts relatively early at 8a.m., the first milk has been carried out by the farm manager at this stage and Fergal begins helping with the clean up.

He then does whatever odd jobs need doing around the farm, this could be fertilising the land or just general maintenance of the parlour.

Being assistant manager, Fergal also takes on more challenging roles, taking control of the farms grass management systems, office work and animal remedies.

In Peak silage season the whole team are drafted in to help, Fergal Included, as the farm mow and tedder their own silage.

Once the afternoons work is done, it's up to Fergal to get the "girls" ready for their second milk.

This involves gathering the herd and performing the second milk of the day, an act he usually undertakes by himself.




Fergal, already successful in his short years in the industry, has big plans for the future.

He hopes to move up a level in the nex "year or two" and become an outright manager of a dairy farm.

Always looking to the future, he has started a herd of his own, recently purchasing 10 dairy calves which are being reared by his father at home in Cavan.

This ties in with his future plans, Fergal says that as his father is "close to retirement age" that he has begun to think about managing the herd himself in the near future.

He hopes to continue his dads work and buy into the herd he currently has, improving it if he can.

When asked about funny farming memories he may have, he simply paused and laughed, before saying "I've been sh*t on the top of the head a few times, but I think there's not many dairy farmers who can say they haven't been".

A determined, hard working youn man who has already achieved so much in the industry.

His passion for life is infectious and his love for dairy beyond doubt.

Fergal has big plans for the future, and going by his love for the industry it highly unlikely he won't achieve his dreams.

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