Name: Martin Glennon
Location: South Roscommon
Is farming a family tradition?
I’m the fifth-generation of my family to farm the land here in South Roscommon. I became involved in the running of the farm when I was eight-years-old. I was responsible for feeding pet lambs with a bottle and I then progressed onto watching the sheep at lambing time.
What are some of your earliest farming memories?
I remember watching our vet performing a cesarean section on a cow – Seeing the calf being lifted out of the cow was an amazing sight! Waiting for the agricultural contractors to arrive to cut silage is a memory that will stick forever!
What type of enterprise do you and your family run?
We have a 40-suckler cow herd and ninety breeding ewes – mainly Texel, Suffolk and Charollais-crosses. An additional twenty maiden heifers have been served and they will be offered for sale next October.
Ewes are sponged and separated into two groups while hoggets are served naturally.
We have five pedigree rams - one Texel, two Suffolks and two Charollais.
We farm pedigree Simmental under the Masha prefix along with Simmental-cross, Charolais-cross and Belgian Blue-cross breeding females. We have a Simmental stock bull and utilise well-proven AI sires with high-replacement indexes.
Who oversees the running of the farm?
My father and grandad are at the helm as I am a third-year student at St. Joseph’s College, Garbally, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
What are some of your responsibilities?
My responsibilities include getting the cattle ready for shows - I do most of the showing.
My job during the winter is to feed silage to cows and make sure that the cattle are all healthy, while many of my summer days are spent in the bog!
Have you any major championship titles under your belt?
Our herd’s show career got off to a fantastic start back in 2011 when we attended Carrick-on-Shannon Winter Fair. We were awarded the All-Ireland Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons; we had the 2018 Simmental-cross champion.
What do you enjoy most about showing?
Shows are a great show window but they are a great way of meeting like-minded people – many of whom are friends for life.
How do you juggle farming with other commitments?
I have a plan in place which allows me to farm, study, play sport and socialise. I am part of Padraig Pearses’ GAA Club and I am a member of a local youth club so I'm never idle.
Do you have any other interest?
Other than that, I enjoy going to marts and competing at agricultural shows across the country.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to increase the number of cattle and sheep on the farm and build another slatted shed to house all cattle.
What are some of your short-term goals?
My Junior Certificate is a priority at the moment, but once I finish my second-level studies, I would like to attend an agricultural college and work in the agri-business sector.
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