Farmer Focus: Coorevin Farm

Padraig Moran runs a 70-cow suckler herd and sheep enterprise in Co. Tipperary. He has also opened his farm to second and third-level Agricultural Science students.

Talking Trade: Cattle sales remain small

Purchasers at marts are cautious due to Brexit uncertainty and poor factory quotes, although early grass growth is bringing some positivity to the ringside.

Graduate Profile: Shaileen McGovern

Shaileen McGovern (25) spent time working in both a research and industry capacity after graduating from UCD Animal Science – Equine. She also studied a Masters in Computer Science and recently joined Zoetis Inc.

Women in Ag: Aoife Feeney

Aoife Feeney (25) graduated in 2015 with a degree in Animal Science. The Longford native worked as an agricultural advisor with FRS and is now Carbery Group’s Dairy Sustainability Advisor.

Student Focus: Alexandra King

Assisting with lambing on her aunt's and uncle’s farm influenced Alexandra King’s (19) career path. The Armagh native is studying Veterinary Medicine at Royal Veterinary College, London.

Farmer Focus: Santanna Angus and Rooskey Shorthorns

Tommy, Anne and Noreen Shryane farm a 50-head pedigree herd of Angus and Shorthorn cattle in Rooskey, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.

Talking Trade: First sales of 2019 attract small entries

Some managers said that their mart opened to a trade of uncertainty around the ring with prices struggling to remain at pre-Christmas levels.

Graduate Profile: Cillian Cahill

Cavan’s Cillian Cahill graduated with a degree in Animal and Crop Production in 2017 and has previously worked for Lakelands Agri and Lyons and Bruton. He is now the KEENAN regional area sales manager for the Midlands and north Leinster.

Women in Ag: Louise O’ Connor

Louise O’ Connor (22) is a third-generation farmer and a keen horse rider from Co. Cork. The final-year Animal Science student is involved in the running of the family’s dairy enterprise.

Student Focus: Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath (21) once considered becoming a primary school teacher but decided to study Agriculture at WIT. The Cork native graduated with a level-7 in 2018 and is now studying Land Management.

Farmer Focus: Robert Miller

Robert Miller - a multi-prize winning commercial cattle breeder - runs a 20-cow herd in Moneymore. He made history by claiming all three Commercial Cattle NI Show Animal of the Year awards in 2018.

Student Focus: Pamela Joy Murphy

Pamela Murphy (24) failed to secure sufficient points to study Vet Med at UCD. The 24-year-old Animal Science graduate - who is not from a farming background - is studying Veterinary in Budapest.

Farmer Focus: Redhouse Holsteins

The Irwin's long-term goal is to have every cow reaching 100 tonnes of milk, through a combination of management and genetics.

Feature: Larissa Tormey

Larissa Tormey - Ireland’s only Russian-Irish country singer-songwriter - lives and works on a farm in Co. Westmeath. She wrote her first song at the age of four and is a qualified musician.

Farmer Focus: Diamond Texels

Aidan Murphy runs a sheep enterprise with his uncle - Sean Heraty - in Co. Meath. Pedigree Texels are farmed under the ‘Diamond’ prefix alongside a commercial flock.

Graduate Profile: Nicholas Ryan

Nicholas Ryan (25) grew up on a beef and tillage farm and studied Animal and Crop Production at UCD. He worked as a soft fruit buyer at Keelings before beginning a PhD.