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Steven Lane Spelman is a 20-year-old farmer who has established his own contracting business.
“My plan was always to go sheep farming. I made that clear from day 1 when I came home that this is what I want to do.”
“I never would have seen myself getting into pedigree breeding, but we said we would give it a try."
“A lot of people can’t understand why we’re milking in a 3-unit parlour and on a small farm, but it’s working for us, so we’ll keep ticking along.”
“I enjoy farming - I know it’s hard work and it’s hard to make money out of it. "
“It did take a lot of investment and people will probably think I took a huge loan out but I had a lot money saved up."
“The farm will always be there, so you might as well see the world before you come home."
“The cows are milked 4-times a-day in 6-hour intervals."
"You have to get your numbers up to survive at the minute.”
The 23-year-old was the leader of Team Ireland in the Young Handlers' Competition at the World Hereford Conference.
“It’s a connection that only a farming person can understand; with the land and his or her animals."
"If you talk to anyone and they ask what you farm: you say ‘suckler cows’ and they immediately say it’s a waste of time."
“I started with just a tractor, a mower and a bale handler."
"Anyone that’s suckler farming, should stay at it if they can.”