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Enda Keaveney – Dairy Farm Partnership

Enda from County Galway is in a dairy farm partnership in with his parents since 2015. He studied construction first and then the Newbierecession hit Ireland. They are farming 120 cows.

Main motivations to enter farming:

  • He was always in farming, grew up with it. The farm is milking cows since 1970’s
  • Recession in Ireland
  • He began working with other dairy farmers and ‘thought there is more to this than I know and got a grá for it and liked the technical side and decided to go for it’
  • He was starting to get older in life/stage in life
  • ‘Opportunity for the home farm business to grow/expand, take on new development and to get involved in the farm at home’

Main success factors include:

  • ‘Foundations for the farm were here’ had to just apply technical ability to get the most out of it
  • ‘good working relationship with parents’, ‘open minded and trust’
  • ‘great support and backup with advisor, discussion group and the dairy community – very open minded’

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