A family of young, enterprising farmers talk about their work and the success of their farm.

On a small farm near Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, two young brothers have left school early to run the family farm.

Defying the trend of young people leaving the family farm, J.J. (17) and Richard (16) Meehan have decided to leave school early to make a success of the family farm. Their own farm is 68 acres and they lease a further 152 acres. They treat their farm very much as a business and plan to build up production on the farm to support both of them.

Their parents, Liam and Maureen, fully support their decision but stay in the background giving the young farmers full responsibility for decisions about the farm. Their sister, Aisling who is just 14, has also set up her own angling business on a nearby lake.

The Meehans won the Creamery Milk Supplier of the Year Award in 1989 and have subsequently built a conference centre following requests from other farmers to study and learn about their successful enterprise. Liam says the key to a successful farm is running it like a tightly controlled business and diversification.