21-year-old aiming to farm 2,000 sheep

“I was always discouraged by teachers in primary and secondary school from pursuing my farming interests.”

‘I could drive a tractor before I could ever drive a car’ – Queen of the Plough

24-year-old Siobhán Dermody should be travelling to Carlow this week to defend her title as Queen of the Plough, however, that is not the case.

'Some people assume that females are more suited to small animal practice'

24-year-old Ciara Barrett, daughter of the owners of Dunmore House Hotel, does not hail from a farming background.

‘I am the only girl working in the sheep yard at Ballinrobe Mart’

“When we have 2,000 sheep it is a lot of work, but it’s great craic and the lads don’t treat me any differently.”

'I have always wanted to do veterinary medicine for as long as I can remember'

“Personally, as a young woman and quite small for a farm vet, I feel I will have to prove myself over."

‘We moved to the farm with nothing but some money in the bank’

“We literally started with absolutely nothing - no animals, equipment or machinery.” explained 27-year-old Rachel Evetts.

'It is a break from the busy Dublin lifestyle'

“From my own experience, I know people automatically think ‘the big farmer from the country’ when in places such as Dublin," says Niamh Murphy (19).

Suckler farmer ditches plan to become teacher after studying ag course

Saoirse McGovern, who lives on a 45-cow suckler farm, intends to travel before farming in her own right.

Ireland's and the UK's 'first' fully automated dairy farm

John Rafferty, who runs a 150-cow dairy farm, has embraced year-round calving, zero-grazing, robotic milking, automatic feeding and renewable energy.

How working as a sales clerk inspired this 24-year-old to become a livestock auctioneer

“Sometimes you cannot please everyone, but every day is a new sale day.” says 24-year-old Raymond O’Kane.

‘I am proud to be the only female in the family that has made a career in agriculture’

“I am incredibly proud of the research I carry out, which makes it more than just a day-to-day job.”

‘Despite coming from a tillage background, my absolute favourite thing to do is to milk cows’

"No two days are the same and it’s refreshing to work outdoors,” 20-year-old WIT student, Emily Gowing.

Ways to identify a cattle dealer at a mart

The palms of their hands are covered in random lot numbers…

16-year-old soaring to success with prize-winning Blue Texel flock

“This year, we offered our first batch of ewe lambs and had them sold within days.” explained Jennifer, who established her own flock aged 12.

Blue Texels a cut above the rest for Donegal butchers

“We have had incredible feedback from customers about the eating qualities of the lambs that we source from our flock.”

'Philomena Begley is my biggest musical influence'

Singer-songwriter and piano teacher, Lorraine McCauley, comes from a farming background.

Mayo man selling lamb from €13/kg

"What has frustrated me down through the years is that our premium lamb was going in with everything else,” explained Carey, a Belmullet native.

Running a 700-cow-calf ranch in North Dakota

20-year-old Mack Buckmier from North Dakota, has his own herd of Red Polls, Simmentals and SimAngus

‘There is no doubt in my mind that there is a future for suckler farming in Ireland’

“My vision for the farm is to produce top-quality grass-fed cattle” – 21-year-old pedigree Limousin breeder and student-teacher

Ireland’s Vets: Hazell Mullins

“The best thing about being a large animal vet is the variety of the day,"