Michael McLaughlin runs a hill flock of 380 Scottish Blackface and Hiltex (Texel x Scottish Blackface) ewes in Garvery, a short distance from Burnfoot in Co Donegal. The farming system has developed on the back of trying and testing new techniques or farming practices. Michael explained that the current system is a result of continual improvements or tweaks adopted for over 30 years.

This is something Michael’s father Henry feels is often overlooked at farm level, with new management practices or breeding programmes adopted that do not make the most of the farm’s resources.