‘Being part of a co-op is worth a lot to us’

Abraham Kingston is a dairy and former drystock farmer from Drimoleague, West Cork. His 28 hectares support 45 dairy cows, as well as replacement heifers.

Abraham was one of the pioneers of farm forestry in the late 1980s when he decided to plant an out-farm near Ballydehob. He said: “The land in question was miles away from the home farm, was heavy in nature and ideal for forestry.”

Grants for drainage had ceased at the time. Abraham planted over 47ha in 1987 with SWS Forestry Services. He is happy with his decision to opt for forestry at the time which he sees as another farm enterprise that suits his circumstances. He planted a further 14ha in 1997.

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