The Mullen family based in Kilmainham, Kells, Co Meath, have 10 months milking under their belt with their new state-of-the-art Swiftflow rapid-exit milking parlour. The parlour and handling facilities were completed in February of this year and the development has made a huge difference to the busy 350-cow dairy farm.

Matthew Mullen has been farming full-time with his father Declan, mother Gladys and uncle Gerry Mullen for two years now in a registered farm partnership, with Declan junior helping out in the evenings after school and weekends.