Michael Golden farms in Drumacoo, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, alongside his wife Martina and three daughters Emily, Laura and Aoife. Between owned and rented ground, the farm extends to 80 acres, with a herd of 24 suckler cows.

Cow type consists of Charolais- and Limousin-cross cows. Michael says: “We have always been fond of Charolais here – to us, they are the number one breed. We sell all our stock through the mart ring, so you have to produce what the finisher wants and the Charolais calf seems to tick most of the boxes for that.”