Brendan and Pauline O’Driscoll have four children, Amy, Niall, Sam and Ian, Pauline helps out on the farm with the paperwork associated with managing the business. They also get additional help from the children at weekends and from two local contractors. Brendan started farming full time in 2000 with a mixed enterprise before focusing entirely on dairy farming. The farm land has been in the family since the 1860’s and Brendan is now the fourth generation. He has made considerable improvements and increased the herd size since 2014 including investing in soil fertility, reseeding and using technologies like grass budgeting in order to feed additional cows without using additional concentrate.
“I am farming and living on the farm where my late father John was born and raised. I am the fourth generation farming here in Shreelane and proud to be carrying on the tradition.”
“There is a great sense of satisfaction, pride and love for this farm, especially when I think of the transformation that has taken place.”
“My cows are everything to this farm and me.”
“From as long as I can remember all I wanted to be was a farmer.”
“I think it’s all the little things that add up and make the difference.”
“I began farming in 2000 with a mixed enterprise but within a few short years my interest, passion and love for dairy farming took hold and so I decided to concentrate solely on dairy farming.”