A Day in the Life: Seamus Millea

UCD and WIT graduate, Seamus Millea, who hails from a 60-cow suckler farm, worked in New Zealand before returning to his home soil.

Farming up to 800 beef cattle in the ‘Premier County’

18-year-old Olivia Grant and family purchase stores in marts, which are slaughtered when they are factory-fit.

Breeding cattle that ‘catch your eye as soon as they walk into a field or ring’

“I can be a perfectionist at times,” says Blonde breeder and AI technician, Eamon McGarry.

From a suckler enterprise in Cavan to an 800-cow dairy farm in New Zealand

23-year-old Sarah, a sustainable agriculture graduate, also worked on a 4,000-acre farm in the UK.

‘We need to improve export markets for weanlings and not rely as much on Irish beef factories’

"Irish farmers are not paid sufficiently for breeding quality cattle,” said Alan who exports 80% of his commercial weanlings.

100% AI and 9-week calving spread on 60-cow suckler farm

“We want a cow that is docile, calves every <365 days unassisted and rears a good calf that will be easy fleshing and kills out well.”

Encouraging the next generation of farmers

“Cillian and Aoife absolutely love farming and are outdoors in all types of weather." - Fiona Murphy, Co. Mayo.

PHOTOS: Win this Limousin-cross-Simmental breeding heifer

“She is everything you look for in a cow with length, depth, shape and great colouration.”

‘I do believe there is a lingering stigma surrounding women working in large animal practice’

"We intend on continuing in suckler farming, despite the challenges.” - Adele (30), a vet nurse/accounts manager

How this couple ‘accidentally’ became alpaca farmers

"It all goes back to the financial downturn that began in 2009,”

Juggling motherhood, farming, and veterinary medicine

“Compared to many other careers, veterinary most definitely included, I do feel that farming is a lot easier to balance with family life."

‘The dream target is to have 1,000 cows’

The Hayes are constructing a bio-digester on-farm and plan to be milking 300 cows by September.

‘It’s great to be involved in the teaching of the younger generation of farmers’

When she is not teaching at Salesian Agricultural College, Rachel can be found tending to her 90-dairy cow herd.

‘The future of Ireland’s food industry is bright and is something I want to be a part of’

UCC student, Jean McPolin, would like to travel overseas to experience the ways in which other countries produce, market, and sell their food produce.

Playlist: Silage season

Our editor, Catherina Cunnane, has selected 20 tunes to lift the Covid-19 blues!

Lawlor living her country music dream

25-year-old Clodagh Lawlor is one of the youngest artists on the Irish country music scene.

Farming and photography providing the ideal combination for this 27-year-old

“Agriculture is in my blood," - Clare Gelderd, professional photographer and farmer

Studying veterinary medicine in Bulgaria

“I always wanted to be a vet but didn’t get good grades at school" - 23-year-old suckler farmer

How this 28-year-old ‘fell in love with farming all over again’

Ruth Parks farms a herd of pedigree Shorthorn cattle and works as a pharmacy dispensary assistant.

Studying an ag science degree and farming 500 breeding ewes

“Eventually, we will get to a stage where there isn’t a stigma around women in agriculture.” - Hannah (19)