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My Farming Week: Joe Toomey, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow
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My Farming Week: Joe Toomey, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow

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Joe Toomey farms 50 sucklers, 300 ewes and 50ac of tillage with his parents, while also running his own kitchen design business.
Joe Toomey farms 50 sucklers, 300 ewes and 50ac of tillage with his parents, while also running his own kitchen design business.

I farm: “Just under 300ac of dry land in total. We have 50 sucklers, 300 ewes and 50ac of tillage this year, which is down from last year. We use the tillage in rotation on the farm each year. “

Family: “My father runs the farm alongside my mother who’s very involved in the lambing. My sisters also help out when required. “

This week: “We are moving the ewes to an outfarm for the summer. I also have two kitchens to work on this week.’’

Eden Design: “I also run a kitchen design business alongside the farm. I have a showroom on the farm and it looks great with the farm in the background. As regards business, it’s absolutely flying it at the moment."

Tillage: “We have sown spring wheat and barley here this year as part of our rotation. Planting has been slow and we are easily four to five weeks behind on last year.”

Macra: “I used to be very involved and was even chair for a while but since the business has been so busy I have had to step back but I still pop back when I can. We won the indoor soccer All-Ireland with my local club Red Cross which was great for the club.”

Sucklers: “The sucklers are mainly Limousin and Charolais and they went out this week to grass.”

Ewes: “The ewes are a mix of Suffolk and speckled-face ewes. My father has a fascination for the speckled-faced ewes. We started lambing in mid-March.”

Quotable quote: “There wasn’t enough out of the farming to sustain a living so I started my own business and I haven’t looked back since. My product is handmade and the building of the show room has really helped the business to grow.”

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