A number of farmers took part in an open forum where they outlined to a large audience of farmers how they had progressed in dairying up to now.
Enda Hawe is a native of Kilkenny but has lived and worked in New Zealand for the last 12 years, where he was recently awarded the prestigious title of Sharemilker of the Year.
The 35-year-old grew up on a 30-cow dairy farm in Windgap, but after completing an agriculture degree in UCD, Mr Hawe headed to New Zealand where he worked on beef and deer farms before starting as an assistant dairy farm manager.
This was his first move into New Zealand dairying that has seen Mr Hawe get to the stage where he now is in a 50/50 sharemilking arrangement, where he owns 820 cows and shares the profits from the herd with a farm owner a 40-minute drive from Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.
Mr Hawe admitted that he was always driven, but that anyone prepared to put in the hard work could get to a point where they owned their own farm in New Zealand.
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