Jordan Molloy has been employed as a farm management support advisor for Lely robotic milking systems for the past two years.
Based in Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ms. Molloy can boast about being Ireland's only full-time grazing advisor with Lely at present, making her a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Jordan’s current position requires her to venture the other side of the farm gate in order to implement specific plans tailored to the individual needs of the farmer.
‘‘Once a farmer has purchased a Lely robot, I walk the farm and plan out the layout for a grazing system on robots – roadways, water points, paddock sizes, cow paths and where the A, B and C blocks will be. Then, I carry out another 3-4 visits around the start-up of the robot.’’ Jordan explained
As Ms. Molloy continues to visit farms around the entire island, new ideas are sparked by hosting discussion groups in every corner of the country, where best practices and issues can be identified.
When asked about how her interest in Agriculture started, Jordan has a rather unique story to reveal.
Her uncle, a sheep, beef and tillage farmer is responsible for her venture into the Agricultural field.
‘‘I grew up living beside the farm so I would go over whenever I could! My uncle had 200 ewes until a few years ago and I loved being around to help out, especially while lambing was going on.’’ Jordan explained.
Identifying Agriculture as an ideal discipline to pursue a career in, Jordan set her eyes securely on UCD’s Animal Science degree programme.
‘‘I knew I wanted to do something in Agriculture, but wasn’t sure what exactly!’’ Jordan explained.
Obtaining her golden place, Jordan made the big move to the capital in 2010 and started her four year study.
A four-month work placement module allowed the young agricultural enthusiast to delve further into pig and dairy enterprises, as she went on a quest to find her perfect career path.
‘‘I spent two months on a pig farm, which I loved. Every day was structured and you knew every Thursday you would be weaning, for example. I spent most of my placement in the farrowing house, carrying out tasks such as clipping tails and teeth. It was very different to the lambing – far more hands on!’’ Jordan explained.
A passion for Dairy
The remaining half of work experience was spent on a dairy farm, her subsequent light-bulb moment.
Her passion for dairy continued to snowball and soon after she secured a role milking cows at the weekend for a local farmer.
‘‘The farmer then, now my partner, put in one Lely robot in April 2014 so I learned from the ground up how robots worked on a grazing system. I stayed working with Brian on the farm every day for the next year, so I knew exactly what was going on and gained invaluable knowledge in dairying, grassland management and more specifically, robotic grazing systems.’’ Jordan added.
Before gaining her current role with Lely, Jordan also worked as a Grassland Consultant for Grasstec in May of 2015.
She was provided with an opportunity to learn the ropes from Noel Gowen, a Grassland Consultant based in Ireland and the U.K.
‘‘I learned how to organise and carry out discussion groups, set-up farmers on PastureBase, get them to start measuring grass and make grazing management decisions for the coming weeks.’’ Jordan said.
Soon after Ms. Molloy got offered a position with Lely and the rest is now history.
‘‘We had two robots working at this stage and were in the second year of grazing with robots, so I decided to start working as advisor for robotic system, specifically grazing systems.’’ She added.
Her current role allows her interests in Dairy and Grassland to find common ground.
Woman in Ag
When asked about her experience as a young lady in the world of Agriculture, Jordan has nothing but positive words to share.
‘‘I have really enjoyed working in Agriculture. I did find it daunting at first but as time goes by, you gain confidence and more experience. As an advisor, you need farmers to trust you so they will listen to the plan and to what you are saying. I needed to build relationships with new and existing clients.’’ Jordan explained.
Wise Words of Wisdom
As many only dream of carving out a career path like Jordan, she proves herself as an ideal advice-giver.
‘‘My advice is to never second guess yourself. Do not assume that everyone else knows more than you. If you are sure you are right or have a good idea, speak up and say it.’’ Jordan revealed.
Jordan is leaving a powerful mark in the industry but has no intentions to hang up her boots anytime soon.
Satisfied in her current role, Jordan intends to continue working for Lely for the foreseeable future.
‘‘There has been a massive increase in Lely robots sold to grazing farmers in the last two years so there is plenty of farmers and different systems for me to consult with. I wish to continue into the future and see where it takes me!’’ Jordan explained.
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