Keeping startup costs to a minimum is a top priority for any prospective suckler or beef farmer with margins so tight. However, young farmers do not have to spend a fortune to construct suitable housing, as is seen on the farm of John Moran from Gortnadeeve, Creggs, Co Galway.

Having completed the Green Cert a few years ago, John always had plans to put up a shed to house his mainly Angus suckler herd. Working full-time off-farm means the system has to be kept as simple as possible. “We calve the majority of the cows outside and it works well. The Angus are hardy,” said John. “We had no issues with scour last spring which really helps to keep the workload low during the spring.”