articles about farmer-focus
Managed under the ‘Emerald’ prefix, the Neville family, Co. Limerick has garnered international attention with their prize-winning Holstein herd.
A trip to France inspired Alaster Swift, Co. Wexford to become a prize-winning Parthenaise cattle and Rouge de l’Ouest sheep breeder.
Sean Hayden runs one of Ireland’s only herds of Stabiliser cattle. One of the most recent batches of commercial bulls were slaughtered at 13.6 months and achieved a cold carcass weight of 365kg.
The O’Leary family, Co. Cork has been breeding Simmentals for nearly three-decades. They have already sold bulls for exports; to A.I. stations & claimed major awards on the show circuit.
Catherina meets the Flor Ryan & family who own and manage one of Ireland’s largest flocks of Texel sheep. The flock is now in its thirty-first year.
Michael Flahive farms a herd of pedigree Kerry cattle on the 180-ft Bromore Cliffs in the Kingdom. Kerry cattle, one of Ireland's oldest breeds has always had a strong affinity with the Flahive family.
Three generations of the Kerr family are involved in the operation of a 300-ewe flock in Co. Monaghan. The trio breed high-end sheep & bring some of the progeny through to slaughter, by feeding typhon.
Catherina meets suckler and sheep farmer Ciaran Calvey who is also a livestock drover at Balla Mart; and Leaving Certificate student.
Catherina meets Kevin Harney, a fourth-generation cattle; sheep and goat farmer & Agri-Business student.
Catherina meets John Powell, a Zwartbles breeder making waves, who does not carry an ounce of farming blood. The U.K. native has been successful on the show circuit.
Catherina meets Padraic McKenna, a suckler farmer in Co. Monaghan, who is on a mission to increase quantity & improve quality.
Catherina meets Francis Lyons, a pedigree Beltex breeder making waves in Co. Galway. Francis has travelled overseas to acquire quality breeding lines in order to push his flock to great heights.
Catherina meets Eoin McGovern, a 22-year-old making big waves in the pedigree Charolais cattle breeding circles.
Catherina meets Robert Boyle, who has been breeding Irish Moiled cattle for close to two decades and is no stranger to the show circuit.
Matthew Kehoe is breeding Jacob sheep since he was 9-years-old and it all started with one very special purchase. He is also a full-time Agricultural Science student.
Catherina meets Lucie Walsh a native of the Czech Republic who with her husband, runs a profitable herd of pedigree cattle and a snail farm in the heart of Co. Kerry.
Catherina meets Leitrim’s Colm Stenson, a 33-year-old pedigree Simmental breeder and Macra na Feirme ambassador. Read about his journey here.
Catherina speaks to Darragh McManus, Farm Manager of the prestigious Bostonia Charolais herd, based in Co. Sligo.