When Frank Coffey took over the family farm in Killeentierna, near Farranfore, in 1994, he was milking 40 cows on 48 acres. His ambition was to be a “big farmer” and milk 100 cows. In order to achieve that goal he needed to increase the land area. As he was surrounded by dairy farmers, he had to rent land away from the home block.

“It was all running and racing, bringing silage in and slurry out. It took an hour a day to check cattle when things went well, but it could be six hours if things went wrong,” Frank says.