Cavan dairy farmer Charles Clarke has been planning a new milking parlour for a long time. However, like many other dairy farmers, an investment like this often gets put on the long finger when other opportunities come along. Earlier this year, Charles finalised the purchase of 25ac that came up for sale, adjoining land he has on an out-farm near his farm at Bailieborough.

At the moment, between bringing cows in, milking and washing down, the whole milking process takes up to three hours morning and evening. In the spring, when yield was higher, it was taking four hours.