Student Focus: Jamie Hayes


Catherina meets Jamie Hayes, a 21-year-old CIT student who is a suckler farmer; a multi-prize winning ploughman & an avid lover of GAA.

Student Focus: Jamie Hayes

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Catherina meets Jamie Hayes, a 21-year-old CIT student who is a suckler farmer; a multi-prize winning ploughman & an avid lover of GAA.

Hailing from a family farm spanning generations, Kanturk, Co. Cork native, 21-year-old student Jamie Hayes, has never given thought to an industry other than Agriculture.

Suckler Farming

Charolais and Limousin are the name of the game for the Cork farmers but in recent years they have introduced Simmental to the herd in order to enhance the maternal traits of the herd as part of their participation in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme and the scheme’s key requirements. A Charolais stockbull dominates the pasture, however; an Angus bull is utilised on heifers due to easy-calving strains. Keen to foster new ideas, a number of the heifers will be artificially-inseminated to Wagyu bull, a new venture for the suckler farms.

“I enjoy all aspects of farming, but I have a particular interest in the suckler beef sector. Cattle are so unpredictable; you just never know what you could face each day. During the summer, I help out with the contracting, which allows me to get out and meet like-minded people.” Jamie Haynes explained to Catherina Cunnane of That’s Farming.

Education

From early years, the third-generation farmer recognised that an Agricultural degree was the key to unlocking endless opportunities in the sector; a combination of an Agricultural background and studying Agricultural Science at second-level sowed the seed for the third-generation farmer who was left to make a major decision when it came to his Leaving Certificate in 2014.

“At the time, I had the points to go directly into the Agricultural course at CIT, but I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do. I felt that if I wasn’t the person that was suited to college all I had to do was two years and I had a degree.” Jamie explained.

“I decided to study a Level-6 in Dairy Herd Management at Clonakilty Agricultural College and from that course; I then was able to jump second-year of the Agricultural Science degree. I am glad I did so, as I am gaining nuggets of knowledge.” Jamie explained.

Just finishing off his level-seven undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Cork Institute of Technology, Jamie has no plans set in stone, but would not rule out completing another year at the college to gain a level-eight degree.

Overall, I’ve found both courses very beneficial. I would be confident in running either my own dairy herd or managing a herd for another farmer and from the CIT course I have gained the knowledge that would allow me to work throughout the industry.” Jamie explained.

Groups & Organisations

Emphasising the importance of holding interest the other side of the farm gate, Jamie may be the shy age of twenty-one, but he is already actively involved in the farming scene, with numerous championships under his belt. He is a long-standing member of Banteer Macra and competes annually in the group’s farm skills competitions, although he is an avid lover of GAA and a multi-prize winning ploughman.

“I play both hurling and football for Newmarket GAA; I find this is great at relieving any stress that builds up and it gets you away from the Agricultural side of things and you meet a mix of new people,” Jamie explained.

Competition is in his blood for Jamie who also competes for Kilbrin Ploughing Association and has represented East Cork in the National Ploughing Championships every year since I was sixteen-years-old.

“I compete in the two-furrow conventional class and I won the all-Ireland u21 championship in 2014 when the ploughing was in Laois.”

“When I was 18, I won the all-Ireland under twenty-one ploughing championship in 2014; it was great to get over the line as I was very close the year beforehand,” Jamie explained.


Future plans

Set to graduate with his golden degree in May of this year, Jamie will be seeking employment but also has a desire to travel the length and breadth of the globe to seek inspiration for his own future farming enterprise.

“In a decade, I would hope to establish a dairy herd on my grandfather’s farm; he used to engage in dairy farming in the past. I did both my placements on a dairy farm as I see myself going down this route in the future.” Jamie explained.

“I have always fancied the idea of being a sales representative for an Agri-business as it would allow me to travel and see farming operations. Down the line, I hope to go full-time farming; that’s the dream.” Jamie concluded.

If you are a third-level student and you want to share your story, get in touch. Email catherina@thatsfarming.com and you may just be featured on That’s Farming next week!

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