Richard Hogg: Increasing profitability

Richard Hogg: Increasing profitability

‘If you’re standing still, you think you’re standing still but you are actually going backwards. You need to have something to progress the farm and improve on. You find where your weaknesses are and improve on them.’

Richard Hogg and his father run a mixed farming system in Co. Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, farming suckler cows and sheep, with a proportion of the farm under forestry. As a fourth generation farmer, farming is in his blood and he is hoping his children will be the fifth generation farmers on the land.

Richard points out both the environmental and financial benefits of being part of Origin Green. From taking part in the Bord Bia Audit and completing the carbon navigator with the auditor he discovered how, if he keeps a cow outdoors for an extra ten days in the grazing season, it will translate as a saving of €25 per head. Mr Hogg also highlights the environmental benefits of the programme in that keeping the cow outdoors for 10 days more means she is not creating slurry indoors.

Richard recognises the fact that the farm audit allows him to compile a list of practical and realistic targets. Targets which making progress towards, ultimately results in win-win situation of higher profitability while decreasing environmental impact.

Richard Hogg gives his view on Origin Green in the video above.


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