Tim Dunne has been farming in Mitchelstown in North Cork for more than 40 years and believes that his choice of career is something of a calling or a vocation. According to Tim, a high level of care and respect, both for land and animals is required in order to produce the highest quality food for the consumer.
“Good farmers are always concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of their stock. We have more capacity than people would think to care for our cattle and to mind them like we would our family. This duty of care applies to all aspects of the farm. It is vital that all farmers are respectful of the land as we are only its short-term custodians and must eventually pass it on to future generations.”
Tim says that with its long working hours year-round, farming certainly is not for what he describes as the ‘faint-hearted’ but he is keen to highlight the benefits of farming as a promising career for younger generations. “I’ve been so fortunate to farm as it meant I was my own boss and I was able to be the architect of my own destiny which was so important to me. I would certainly say to a young person, if you are able to and you are passionate about agriculture, to go for it; it is a great life.”
Tim is Chairman of the Irish Angus Producer Group and was involved in the development of the Certified Irish Angus Beef brand which has a unique system of certification whereby each animal is individually inspected to verify their breed and that they meet the standards required to be Certified Irish Angus Beef.
This premium beef range has been sold as a Tesco Finest* brand for more than 20 years and is loved by consumers for its tenderness and taste which comes from its characteristic marbling. The flavour profile of the meat is also enhanced by the foraging habits of Angus cattle, who tend to seek out sweeter grasses in pastures to graze.
There are over 9,000 farmer members producing Certified Irish Angus Beef in Ireland including, Brian Dyer in Claremorris and James Murphy in Tipperary.