Student Focus: Evan Walsh

Catherina meets Evan Walsh who is involved in the running of a 200-dairy cow herd in Co. Offaly. The 21-year-old is currently on placement in The Netherlands.

Student Focus: John Forbes

24-year-old John Forbes graduated with a degree in Dairy Business last week. The Cork native is currently involved in the running of a 131-cow dairy farm.

Student Focus: Aoife Walsh

20-year-old Aoife Walsh completed a Level-5 Certificate in Animal Care before she progressed to AIT’s Veterinary Nursing programme. The Laois native is now in second year.

Student Focus: Cian Jobe

Relief milking at the age of 14 sparked Cian Jobe’s interest in dairying. The Co. Longford native studied at Ballyhaise before undertaking a degree in Dairy Farm Management.

Student Focus: Fabian McCarthy

Fabian McCarthy is a fourth-year Agricultural Science student at Institute of Technology Tralee. The 20-year-old and his father run a 175-cow dairy herd.

Student Focus: Catherine Hearne

Catherina meets 20-year-old Catherine Hearne, a third-year Veterinary Nursing student at UCD. The Kilkenny native is also a talented musician and chess player.

Student Focus: Aoife Bergin

The Certified Irish Angus Schools competition inspired 20-year-old Aoife Bergin to study Animal and Crop Production Science at UCD. The Tipperary native is also a former camogie player.

Student Focus: John Dullea

John Dullea’s beef farming roots sparked an interest in animal genetics. He completed work placement with the ICBF and has just finished a degree in Ag. Science at WIT.

Student Focus: Jennifer Doyle

Dublin’s Jennifer Doyle may not carry an ounce of farming blood, but the 27-year-old holds a degree in Equine Science; worked as a data analyst and is now undertaking a PhD in Statistical Genomics

Student Focus: Paul Smith

Paul Smith from South Dublin holds a degree in Animal Science; worked with Macra na Feirme and is now a Teagasc and UCD PhD student.

Student Focus: Andrew O’Donnell

22-year-old Andrew O’Donnell juggles his Animal Science studies with farming; relief milking; sport and an involvement with Macra Na Feirme.

Student Focus: Martin Merrick

Catherina meets Martin Merrick, a UCD Animal and Crop Production student, sheep farmer and pedigree Charolais breeder from Mayo.

Student Focus: Doireann Mulhall

Catherina meets 20-year-old dairy and tillage farmer, Doireann Mulhall. The Kilkenny native is studying Animal Science at UCD and is actively involved in the IHFA.

Student Focus: Miriam Walton

Catherina meets Miriam Walton – a 22-year-old WIT student who runs a beef & dairy enterprise with her family on the Tipperary/ Kilkenny border.

Student Focus: Cormac O’Donnell

Catherina meets Longford’s Cormac O’Donnell, an Animal Science student at UCD. The 21-year-old's interest was sparked in the sector when he began farming with his uncle.

Student Focus: Dáire Brady

Catherina meets 19-year-old Dáire Brady, a first-year Dairy Business student at UCD who is casting a strong eye on Agri-law; Auctioneering; or Agri-journalism.

Student Focus: Bobby Duncan

Roscommon native Bobby Duncan is a suckler farmer and fourth-year BSc (Hons) Agriculture student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Student Focus: Gavin Brady

Catherina meets Gavin Brady from Ballinagh, Co. Cavan, a dairy farmer and former student of Ballyhaise Agricultural College who is currently completing a Diploma in Dairy Herd Management.

Student Focus: Andy Corbett

Catherina meets Andy Corbett, a third-year UCD Vet Med student who runs an intensive beef farm with his father. The Corbetts finish 120 U and R grade Continental heifers under 30 months in Co. Westmeath.

Student Focus: Karol Devaney

Catherina meets UCD Agricultural Science student, Karol Devaney who relishes the idea of building businesses; shearing sheep and farming.