This week's cover star: Liam Meehan

Liam Meehan feeding the calves he rears on Rathlaheen farm, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare. Liam now rears calves for both his dairy farmer sons on his home farm after stepping back from milking. \ Philip Doyle

They breed their cows to a blend of Holstein Friesian, British Friesian and Jersey. The cows are bred to ensure they can walk a mile if needs be.

Walk-in COVID-19 test centre opens at Milford Mart

The scene at Milford Mart on Wednesday morning, where the HSE has set up a walk-in COVID-19 testing centre amid ongoing concern about the high number of infections in the county. The test centre will remain open for three days. \ Clive Wasson

Planting Ambition maize in Co Cork

Derek Delahunty setting Ambition maize at a rate of 105,000 seeds per hectare using the new Lemken Azurit 9 and Solitair 23 eight-row maize planting unit for Colin Bateman, Timoleague, Co Cork. \ Donal O'Leary

Evan O'Mahony with his friends Cian, Aideen and Cathal O'Donovan, watching the field work in Timoleague, Co Cork. \ Donal O'Leary

Reports suggest breeding 2021 is starting off well, with AI technicians busy

Eurogene/LIC AI technician James Ahern, Tallow, Co Waterford, inseminating cows for a local client this week. \ Donal O'Leary

Tailpainting cows. \ Donal O'Leary

Multicoloured triplet calves born in Co Meath

Jack McLoughlin with his multicoloured triplet calves on the family farm in Gortnahorna, Co Meath. \ Claire Nash

Jack McLoughlin. \ Claire Nash

My Farming Week: Niall Hughes, Castleshane, Co Monaghan

Niall Hughes. \ Colum Lynch

John and Niall Hughes on their farm in Castleshane, Co Monaghan. \ Colum Lynch

Robotic milking system. \ Colum Lynch

John and Niall Hughes's farm, Castleshane, Co Monaghan. \ Colum Lynch

Power harrowing in preparation for maize planting

Rory McCormick from Kildangan, Co Kildare, power harrowing land in preparation for maize planting. Rory hopes to harvest this crop in October and it will be used for feeding to his dairy cows. \ Claire Nash

McMahon Agri Contractors first cut of the year

Katlyn McMahon taking a short break from raking up grass as her father and brother collected. All are part of McMahon Agri Contractors and this, their first cut of the year, was being gathered ahead of the recent rain for the Byrne Family Farm in Ardcath, Co Meath. \ Claire Nash

Lamb prices ease by €8/head in Loughrea Mart

On the job: Kevin Holland from Athenry scanning the lots at Loughrea Mart's sale in Co Galway on Thursday last.

Mart manager Jimmy Cooney.

These six lambs weighing 42kg sold for €142. See the full report on page 60 of this week's paper.

Sucker beef farming in Co Galway

Suckler beef farmer Arthur Holloway with his two year-old-twin Salers heifers, which were bred on his farm in Killeeneen, Craughwell, Co Galway. \ David Ruffles

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