Name: Adam McKenna
Location: Glaslough, Co. Monaghan
When did your interest in farming begin?
I started farming when I was just weeks old. My Daddy would take me for walks around the farm show me all the baby animals. I am fourth generation farmer of the family.
Tell me some more about the farm?
On our farm, we rear turkeys for North Antrim turkeys, keep suckler cows, a few pedigree Herefords, and lamb a small number of ewes.
We have fifty suckler cows, ten of which are pedigree Herefords. We calve down twenty in Autumn and thirty in spring and we also lamb 25 ewes February / March. I really enjoy helping Dad train the young calves on halter for summer shows and we always take great care. I love washing /blow drying and brushing their hair all nice for the show days. It makes me so happy when Dad and I win a rosette in the show ring.
My dad buys me Hereford calves from local dairy farm to bucket-rear every year; I really love that job. They are my best friends! This year, the calves we bought are bred from a Hereford bull that we sold to local dairy farm last spring so it’s nice to have some his babies back.
I can’t forget about my two pet goats (Henry and Peter) and I have a Jack Russell called Minnie; she travels in the jeep with Dad and I. I also have a big love for horses and ponies and my favourite pony is called ‘Small Patch’. I go to pony lessons once-a-week at Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre.
What are some of your jobs on the farm?
I mix the milk for the bucket calves and feed them before school, along with them fresh straw. I feed the pet lambs too.
With the sucklers, it’s more dangerous for me being so small with the big cows, so Dad looks after those.
I love going to the mart to sell our weanling at Cootehill or Carrigallen Mart and Ballybay Mart to see our cull cows and store heifers.
Did you always enjoy farming?
I always wanted to be out on the farm since I’m a wee toddler. I never want to go back inside. I just love being around animals and looking after them really well with my Daddy.
Do you want to continue farming as you grow older?
I definitely want to be a farmer when I grow up. I want to have a full herd of pedigree Hereford cows, do more showing and I would like to have more sheep. I love working with the lambs.