“This farm has been passed from generation to generation, always improving it for the next”

Shorten Farm | Cork

Bandon Co-op

Adam and Valerie Shorten work on the farm full time with some help from parents, brothers and sisters. They are 5th generation farmers and have a young son Darragh who is 4. It’s a south facing farm with beautiful views of West Cork. it means so much to them to be farming on the same land as their ancestors – passing from generation to generation and always improving. They increased the cow numbers from 48 in 2013 to 96 cows this year after constructing a new milking parlor. They are constructing a new calf shed for 2020.

 “This farm has been passed from generation to generation, always improving it for the next”

“This farm has been passed from generation to generation, always improving it for the next”

 “This farm is more than land and crops. It’s our family heritage and future”

“This farm is more than land and crops. It’s our family heritage and future”

 “Our farm is South facing with beautiful views of the rolling hills of West Cork”

“Our farm is South facing with beautiful views of the rolling hills of West Cork”

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 “I am the fifth generation farming this land and I hope my son Darragh will be the sixth.”

“I am the fifth generation farming this land and I hope my son Darragh will be the sixth.”

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 “Success to us is producing good quality milk as efficiently and sustainably as possible”

“Success to us is producing good quality milk as efficiently and sustainably as possible”

 “I was brought up milking cows on the family farm. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else”

“I was brought up milking cows on the family farm. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else”

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 “Dairy farming is what I always wanted to do. Have an outdoor life, producing a food product.”

“Dairy farming is what I always wanted to do. Have an outdoor life, producing a food product.”

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 “It means a lot to me to farm the family farm, where my ancestors farmed before me.”

“It means a lot to me to farm the family farm, where my ancestors farmed before me.”

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