Name: Jack Connell
Location: Ballinalee, Co. Longford
When did you start farming?
Well I started farming when I was 8, my father bought me two ewes in lamb for my birthday.
What sort of farming are you at?
I am farming purebred dorset sheep. I recently bought a dorset ram lamb in hilltown,Newry. The ram is out of thomas wrights flock and I bought the ram for 540 guineas. The dorset breed is rare in the republic of ireland, there are only 5 registered breeders .
How many generations are your family farming for?
I am the first generation of my family to be farming.
Tell me a bit about your farm, the systems in place, and day-to-day tasks:
Well the farm is only small consisting of 1 ram and 15 breeding ewes. We have 3 batches of lambs every two years and sell the lambs on for breeding.
What’s your favourite thing about farming?
My favourite thing about farming is going to the dorset show and sales and watching the judging. I was in Omagh on Saturday at a Dorset sale.
Have you always wanted to be a farmer?
No I didn’t really like the sheep that much at the start but they started to grow on me when I would help my uncle Tom dose and weigh them.
Do you want to study Agriculture at third level?
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to study yet at third level but I might study agriculture.
What are your Future plans in farming?
Well I would like to be a carpenter and have the sheep on the side. I would also like buy more land and have a bigger flock. I’ll still keep breeding the dorsets anyway.