Arinda and Eric Verschuure, Saturn Farms, Conna, Co Cork. / Donal O’ Leary
Eric who joined Saturn Farms in 2018 is a first generation farmer not having a family farm. Eric and his wife Arinde are from The Netherlands. Eric worked for a neighbour while in school. As part of Eric’s university degree Eric did work experience in New Zealand and Ireland.Eric brings a great knowledge of cow health and nutrition from working on high input farms in The Netherlands. Both Eric & Arinde have integrated really well into sharemilking on the home farm. Eric is leading a team of 3, with Theo & Sasha being the other team members. . Theo and Sasha are brothers from Moldova and are part of the Conna team for last Three years.
Conna Farm is situated in the Bride Valley. The soil type is sandy and free draining. Conna is the original O’Keeffe family farm with Bill O’Keeffe being the 6th generation to farm this land. Over the last 20 years this farm has grown from a 100 cow farm to the 400 cow farm it is today.
Ha: 114 | 47 ha of support block | 80,000 ltrs bulk tank | 42 unit herringbone parlour | 410 cubicles | 4 kms of roadway | 3 silage pits | 1 calving shed & numerous calf rearing sheds