It’s all about cow comfort and space,” according to David Clarke of Cows.ie, speaking about a new cubicle shed recently completed on his farm at Loughnavalley, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. The design is somewhat unorthodox, with a steel portal frame structure preferred to provide accommodation for 102 cows.

The farm itself in not your ordinary run-of-the-mill dairy setup, with livestock sourcing the main enterprise run on the farm. The business offers a raft of livestock sourcing services, with heifers and freshly calved cows for UK farms one of the main markets. However, the business is also involved in bringing cattle to and from the continent.