Beef Suckler Herd, Fruit Trees, Nut Trees & Bee Hives
Breda Larkin is the daughter of Seanie Larkin and the sixth generation on this traditional farm.
The Larkins came to the land in Ballinasloe in 1777 and set up a forge. They became very well known, even making pikes for the Battle of Vinegar hill. Michael Larkin was the first of the Larkins to farm the land and raised cattle and sheep. The farm has remained a cattle and sheep farm, mostly a suckler enterprise. In recent years it has moved towards a dry-stock suckler herd.
Breda & Sean use best conventional farming practices and are moving towards organic and regenerative practices with agroforestry.
Their farm also boasts several hundred fruit & nut trees and four hives.
When she’s not on the farm, Breda also tours as a stand up comedian with her one woman show – The Word of Breda. The show follows her farming and adventures around Ireland. Her energy for performance carries through to her work in Talamh Beo, recently highlighting the need for representation and equality for Irish Women in Farming outside the government buildings on United Nations’ Rural Women’s Day.
My farm focuses on our beef suckler herd, using conventional best practice but moving towards organic and regenerative practices with agroforesty.
EIP Soil Diversity Project
Breda’s farm at Ballinasloe consists of well drained calcareous mineral soils.
By participating in the EIP Soil Diversity Project, Breda has trialled and documented a range of technical innovations (such as bioNutrient meters) and physical innovations (e.g. soil biological activators, mineral amendments, biochar, green manure, compost, compost teas, inoculants etc).
Her progress through Dr Elaine Ingham’s Launch Your Lab (LYL) educational course and the results of her farm trials are recorded in her farm report. At the end of the course, Breda will be trained and certified to look at soil microbes. This will enable her to carry out analysis for not only her own farm, but also to act as a lighthouse farm for other individuals, farms and agri-businesses who can benefit from knowing what their soil needs to boost yields.
Instead of a farm walk, Breda held a specialised event on 4th October, 2022, where she was interviewed around the intergenerational farming, succession, gender mainstreaming and issues facing women in farming.
You can check out Breda’s course certificate and find out more about Breda’s trial plot, experiment and baseline soil test results in her project report.
As part of the project, Breda organised a specialised event where she was interviewed around the intergenerational farming, succession, gender mainstreaming and issues facing women in farming.
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