Four Mile House, Co Roscommon
Sean Flanagan started farming in Co Roscommon at an early age and for him, there is no better career. No two days are the same and he enjoys the freedom of being his own boss. The biggest reward for him, however, is the important responsibility of ensuring the best quality of life for his Angus herd.
Third-generation farmer Sean Flanagan has been farming for nearly 50 years in Four Mile House, Co Roscommon. He rears Angus animals on a farm founded by his grandfather in the nineteenth century. This farming tradition is something that he would like to see the future generations of his family continuing. He has two sons who he encourages to take an interest, and they help out on the farm in their free time, in the evenings and at weekends. Sean has no hesitation about his reasons for recommending farming as a career.
I always loved farming from an early age, even though you don’t get rewarded for the amount of work you do. It’s a nice lifestyle, as no two days are the same and you are your own boss, which means that you come and go as you wish.
For Sean, the wellbeing of his animals is the most important aspect of his job. Angus is regarded as being an undemanding breed and resistant to harsh weather. To ensure his animals enjoy the best quality of life, they spend as much time as possible pasture grazing. For Sean, Angus that is farmed with a high level of care and attention to detail is the driving force behind the production of Certified Irish Angus Beef.