The perfect partnership – pairing farmers who want to retire with keen young starters
Paddy Walsh was looking to step back from his Kilkenny beef farm but he didn’t have a successor; Donal Phelan ‘never wanted to do anything else other than farm’ but he didn’t have any land.
Macra’s Land Mobility Service brought them together, and the relationship is working smoothly. On a 135ac beef and tillage farm in Kilkenny, change is underway. After tending to the animals and land for nearly all his life, Paddy Walsh is ready to take a step back at the age of 68.
After the 77 cattle he reared over winter were sold, 32-year-old Donal Phelan took over much of the groundwork in the new year. The two were brought together by the Land Mobility Service, a Macra initiative that connects land-owners with young farmers looking for opportunities.
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