"Farmyards are traditionally built on waste land and in a corner of the farm,” according to Patrick Gowing from Teagasc’s dairy expansion service. This is definitely true of Seamus Brennan’s farm which was visited as part of a joint Teagasc and Glanbia farm walk in Attanagh, Co Laois. The aim of the walk was to showcase the improvements that can be made within an existing yard.

The old farmyard was built with a public road to the front of it, a 20ft drop to the back of it, the dwelling house to one side and another farmer’s field to the other side. Therefore there was no option but to adapt the current farmyard to aid both the management and flow of cattle.