90-cow Cork man leading the way as homeopath farmer
That’s Farming, spoke to Pat Aherne, the homeopath farmer
Pat Aherne is located on “properly the last piece of farmland” between Cork Airport and Cork city.
He holds the title of being the last farmer in his parish of Ballyphene, a once-thriving farming community and home to the famous CMP Dairies.
He owns 90 cows under the AnnaMaria prefix, which he named after his two daughters. He is the third generation on the farm, which his grandmother bought in 1958. Pat’s father, Patrick, acquired it in 1970 before he took its reins in 2014.
By happy accident, he discovered homeopathy in 2010 – an event that would change his life.
Two years later, he was so impressed with the dramatic reduction in his use of antibiotics on the herd that he began to research more into homeopathy.
His herd’s health improved so much that it led to a string of co-op milk quality awards for supplying the best quality milk to Dairygold Co-op throughout 2016.
Pat describes himself as a “conventional farmer, with an unconventional outlook”.
He has transformed his herd health and fertility whilst reducing antibiotic use through a homeopath approach learned over the last ten years.
He is passionate about a naturopathic approach to his herd of 90 dairy cows and now leads the way in Ireland and the UK as a homeopath farmer.
However, he admits it has been a journey of ups and downs, though. Pat still has cases of mastitis, but he prevents most cases from worsening and improves recovery time just by using homeopathy and holistic approaches.