Sean has been one of the standout participants in the programme from a stock performance point of view. He runs 40 spring- and 20 autumn-calving cows on 140 acres, split in two blocks near Tulla.

With a political focus on carbon emissions from the beef sector inevitable in the coming years, the BETTER farm programme teamed up with ICBF to tackle the issue. Emissions per kilo of suckler beef are generally quite high relative to other meat categories, as we have to carry a cow and the average animal is slaughtered well into its third year in Ireland.