When Brian told me yesterday that I was in the Farmer’s Journal, I was somewhat surprised. I was featured in the Irish Country Living part of it over 3 years ago and it gave my business great profile. I’ve been hoping to be featured again as the business has changed so much but it seems to be a case of if you have been featured once, that is it! They have occasionally featured my products in their new seasonal glossy which has been good but how come I was in the Farmer’s Journal? Was it in backchat? But I hadn’t sent them any press releases or photo of anything quirky.
Well, it hadn’t anything to do with the Garrendenny Lane online shop but instead I was listed as number 50 in the top Irish 100 dairy herds in terms of EBI. ?(The EBI is a score given to individual cows based on things like their fertility, ease of calving, milk yield, milk composition) and with a herd score of 124, we came in 50th.
I laughed till tears rolled down my cheeks, although I milk our goat daily, I can scarcely milk a cow. Brian is the one that does the milk recording, the calving, the milking, the heat detection (without any workmen). I merely feed the calves and have my name on the herd. Having said that, it is great to see a list drawn up like this and for those who are wishing to expand and improve their herds and who take note of data like EBI scores, it can only improve the saleability of our herd each spring when we are selling freshly calved cows and heifers.
Fame at last!!