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Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY - De­nis Le­hane

Anne Baker runs a beef farm at Ballin­dana­gan, Mitchel­stown. She pur­chases store cat­tle of the Here­ford and Ab­erdeen An­gus va­ri­ety at the Cor­rin and Kil­mal­lock marts.

She keeps them un­til they are fac­tory ready, and then deals usu­ally with Kepak of Water­grasshill.

It’s a life she en­joys, and one she in­tends to con­tinue in spite of her IFA com­mit­ments.

“I was raised with the land, I have a con­nec­tion with the land, I sup­pose passed on from my mam, who loved the land and the an­i­mals.

Anne was the youngest of four chil­dren and helped her mother on the farm.

“I was al­ways around her, do­ing jobs out­side.” Anne’s fa­ther Eu­gene was un­able to farm due to ill health, so it was her mother Eileen who ran the farm.

It was a dairy farm back then, with some beef cat­tle. Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ondary school, Anne went to Moorepark, where she ob­tained the al­limpor­tant Green Cert.

She re­called there were three girls at the time. in a class of about 40 stu­dents.

In 1993, Anne took over the fam­ily farm.

“Milk quota back then was a huge prob­lem.

“The avail­abil­ity of milk quota for ex­pan­sion, es­pe­cially where I lived, was a ma­jor con­cern.

“I car­ried on milk­ing cows as my mother had done for a few years.

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