IFA chairperson values quality of
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.