This week, we preview the farm of Kieran Hearne, Rathgormack, Co Waterford, who is one of the hosts of the IGA Dairy Summer Tour which takes place next Wednesday, 14 August. The other host on the day will be David Kirwan, Stradbally, who is a new entrant to dairying.

Growing the family dairy farm is the theme of the tour. This is not just about milking more cows but making more profit. Both of these farms have more than doubled their net profit per hectare in the last five years.