Tom McGuinness runs a large-scale sheep and tillage enterprise in Bellewstown, Trim, Co Meath, with help from his son Peter and family. Lambing of the mid-season flock of 640 mature ewes and 70 ewe lambs will begin on 12 March with the lowland flock differing from the norm with ewes lambing outdoors.

Tom says he initially made the switch to outdoor lambing in order to reduce labour and costs. The system is working well with Tom saying that he could not see himself returning to indoor lambing, especially when dealing with the numbers present.