Irish Farming Family Videos
Teagasc, as part of its celebration of the FAO International Year of Family Farming, have created a series of videos on individual family farms.
The second farming family featured in the series are the Austin family from Louisburg, Co. Mayo. Richard and Lorena Austin and their two children, Dara, and Liliana, live and farm, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the far side of Louisburg, Co. Mayo – next parish Boston!
See their story here: FAO International Year of the Family Farm
Richard moved to Louisburg in County Mayo from County Meath to work on his uncle’s farm. He is now the fourth generation of his family to farm there, the farm was purchased by his great grandfather in 1883. Richard decided to gradually increase the dairy enterprise on the farm, up to an impressive 65 cow herd currently. In 2007 he decided to switch from Friesian to Montbelliard, with 18 animals being imported from France and 7 more purchased locally.
“I like the production from these animals” says Richard and “they are quite robust, which is a big advantage living in this part of the World”. They produced 455 Kgs milk solids per cow last year Richard hopes they will beat that again this year. Some pedigree bulls are sold for breeding while more are fattened for bull beef. Replacement heifers are reared on the farm and hoggets are bought in for winter grazing.”
It wasn’t all farming for Richard. Delphi Adventure Centre is a melting pot of nationalities and it was there that Richard met Lorena, a Spanish girl working in Delphi for the summer. Lorena comes from Gijon in the north of Spain and herself and Richard tied the knot in 2009. They now have 2 children Dara and Liliana. Lorena works fulltime in Allergan but really likes living on the farm back in Louisburg.
Further videos, featuring farm families from around the country highlighting the importance of the family farm in Ireland and demonstrating the contribution of family members to farming tasks over the course of the year, will be published over the coming weeks and months.
Teagasc is proud to support the Irish Family Farm.