Labasheeda in Co Clare, that’s where I’m from. It means “bed of silk” in Irish. We’ve sucklers here at home and then we rear a few bucket-fed dairy calves as well.

My father is farming here for the last 30 or 40 years. He’s always had a few sucklers. We might have had one or two calves before, bucket-rearing them. But then the last few years we increased those numbers and also kept up the suckling numbers as well.