Deells Farm, Beara, Kerry

Farming is still a major industry in Ireland. The island has the best grass on the planet and a reasonably mild climate. The result is a population of 8 million sheep and 7 million cows, far outnumbering the four million humans living in the Republic.

Young grass grows faster and has an average of 4 to 6% more protein than older grass, so the farmers often fence the cows into small sections of pasture. This forces the animals to graze tightly down to the base of the grass. This in turn encourages rapid regrowth of the highly desirable young grass. The cows rotate all season long from one bright green salad bowl to the next.

Canon 1D MKIII 16-35mm 7 x images tone mapped.

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