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"Well I would be fairly responsible for the looking after of the stock here whenever Mark would be at work. Feeding the ewes in the springtime, especially coming up to lambing and then the lambing is a big time consuming thing, during the month of April. But the summer months would be quite slack and then you have the autumn time, it's a busy time too."

Question
"Tell me a little about how you tried to diversity into goats?"

Farmer's Wife
"Yeah well a few years back we had the goats here and it was very pleasant having them. They were milked and the milk was sold off for making cheese but, the butter-fat content had to be very high, so you were hitting very high targets all the time. So it was, the prices you weren't getting the top prices for your milk because of the butter fat and there wasn't a lot of openings for it, only for the cheese and you had to take it to Belfast, that was the only place. But there was a lot of people that would have been looking for milk for ailments for children with skin diseases. But the problem was it wouldn't have been a guaranteed market because when children were cured of the disease then parents put the children back onto the cow milk. So it wasn't consistent in market, but it was quite pleasant while we had them."


Question
"Would you like to see the next generation keeping the farm on?"


Farmer's Wife
"Yeah it would be nice to think that they would have an interest in the farming because they've been brought up and we've taught them what we know ourselves to our best abilities. So it's up to themselves after that, but it would be nice to stay on the land.

 



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