Last year, Daniel O’Donnell milked 99 cows on his peaty farm high in the mountains not far from Cappoquin in Waterford. In 2014 he is hoping to milk 110 cows on his 42ha milking block and push his stocking rate to 2.6 cows/ha on the milking platform.

While many farmers are talking of reducing stocking rate due to high 2013 feed costs, Daniel is aiming to milk more cows in 2014. He is one of the satellite farmers in the Greenfield Dairy Programme and has increased milking cows from 60 in 2009 to 99 cows milked at peak last year.