Last August, the Irish Farmers Journal visited a north Roscommon part-time farmer who was just after buying 16 acres of land adjoining his home block. It was all in one block and there were no internal fences. The land was farmed intensively for a number of years. As a result, it had become poor in terms of fertility. Rough grasses, rushes and scrub were endemic throughout. Some of the ground was peaty and low-lying, while some of it would be considered dry. Part of the land contained a hill with a steep gradient. The low-lying parts had water sitting stagnant that could not drain away. Estimated annual growth was low at 2t DM/ha to 3t DM/ha. The farmer was running a contract-rearing enterprise and his plan after acquiring the new land was to increase heifer numbers. Before this could happen, he was going to have to make considerable investments in the land to make it productive and easier to run.