The overwhelming difference between the dairy heifers and beef cattle is temperament. Even if the bullocks are quiet in the field, they can get over-excited in the crush, or when you’re trying to manoeuvre them in a tight space.
Donal Kavanagh is a dairy farmer in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. He is milking 200 Holstein Friesians on a split winter/spring milk system, with the help of his wife Fiona and their three children Cliona, Mark and Aoife. \ Philip Doyle