Tommy Hogan comes from a mixed beef and tillage farm outside of Borrisokane in Co Tipperary. Over the past year, the farm has been converting some of the 200ac block around the home yard in preparation for a 100-cow dairy herd to begin milking this spring.

While the majority of new entrants will purchase yearling heifers in the year before they start milking, a path less travelled is to purchase cows after they have calved down. However, this is the route that Tommy chose.