Education: UCD Animal Science student
Farm: Jacob sheep farmer in Co. Wexford
Week gone by -
This week at home I’ve began refurbishing the ram paddock beside the house.
The old sheep wire fence with tanalised posts has been removed and will be replaced with a Clipex fence in the next week or so. The old fence had rotted off at the base of the post and had been repaired a few times over the last few years. The new fence will be a lifetime job, with next to no maintenance required over its lifetime. The one-acre paddock will then be further divided into four smaller paddocks with electric polywire and pigtail posts that can be easily moved for tractor access. In theory this will allow the rams to be moved to fresh grazing every weekend.
We’ve yet to receive any rain, but it looks like that by this time next week we will have had a few showers at the very least. Thankfully, our grass is still relatively green so should turn around quite quickly when it gets water. This weekend I’ll be topping most of our paddocks and spreading 18-6-12 in an effort to kickstart grass growth once we get some rain.
This Week -
It’s good to be home this week after a great weekend in Galway where we visited Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork. It is without a doubt one of my favourite parts of Ireland (in fine weather) and Galway delivered a perfect backdrop to a well organised event for the Irish sheep farmer.
With everything from food stands and cooking demonstrations to practical workshops where farmers could engage with Teagasc advisors and industry experts on a range of topics, from grassland management right through to drafting lambs for slaughter. There was also a large section of pedigree and commercial classes and breed society stands.
My highlight from the day was the education forum in the afternoon where a panel of UCD graduates and students gave the audience an insight into their time and experiences in UCD and how it tied in with either their further education, businesses and careers. One point that stood out for me was made by current student, Una Sinnott, and reiterated by the rest of the panel is that the school of agriculture and food science in UCD is like a big family.
From my own experience it would be difficult to find a better group of people who always look out for each other, whether you’re in first or fourth year. Something worth keeping in mind for any young person considering a career in Agriculture.