Tillage gi­ant Wal­she leaps on to the dairy band­wagon

Irish Independent - Farming - - News - Dar­ragh McCullough

ONE of the coun­try’s largest tillage farm­ers is about to jump on the dairy band­wagon.

Ge­orge Wal­she, who farms close to 3,500ac in and around West­meath, has al­ready pur­chased over 200 heifers, with a view to com­menc­ing calv­ing in spring 2015.

“I’m not go­ing to stop tillage farm­ing but with the way things have gone so tight in that job at the mo­ment I just want to see what way things pan out,” he said.

A no-frills her­ring­bone par­lour is set to be built on Mr Wal­she’s home farm at Gay­brook south of Mullingar, and some quota has al­ready been pur­chased to cover any milk pro­duced dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March in 2015.

He hopes to start with a milk­ing herd of 250 cows.

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