Student Focus: Ciarán Mc Donnell

Ciarán Mc Donnell (25) discusses dairy farming, studying at Ballyhaise/DkIT and his current master’s degree.

Women in Ag: Grace Roche

"Pretty Bird was born out of frustration" - Grace Roche combined her farming background and her marketing experience to create her own business.

Trade improves for all types at Raphoe

Quality lots sold well, with heifers topping out at €885 over and €860 over forked out for bullocks. Plainer types also met with an improved trade, the manager noted.

Farmer Focus: Glenmore Salers

The Mulcahy family, Co. Limerick began their Saler dream in 2009 after stumbling across the breed at the National Ploughing Championships in 2005. They selected the breed for its ease of calving and outstanding pelvic conformation.

Farmer Focus: Emerald Holsteins

Managed under the ‘Emerald’ prefix, the Neville family, Co. Limerick has garnered international attention with their prize-winning Holstein herd.

Women in Ag: Annie Galligan

Annie Galligan, Co. Meath, a classically trained soprano has carved out a successful career as a farmer and Heatime animal specialist with Animal Health and Monitoring Systems LTD.

Farmer Focus: Silverbrook Herd

Catherina meets John McEvoy who runs a commercial sheep enterprise & herd comprising of commercial & pedigree Charolais cattle in Co. Offaly.

Farmer Focus: Barry O’ Sullivan

Catherina meets Barry O’ Sullivan who runs a dairy enterprise in partnership with his parents in Co. Meath. The Ballyhaise Ag. College graduate has travelled to Australia & Saudi Arabia.

Student Focus: Niall Diffley

Catherina meets Roscommon native, Niall Diffley who is studying Food & Agribusiness Management at UCD. The suckler & sheep farmer is interning with Agri Aware.

Farmer Focus: Gerard & Angela Brickley

Catherina meets Gerard and Angela Brickley who own and manage an 80-acre farm with 60 high-yielding robotically-milked cows; Fleckvieh genetics; & a zero-grazing system.

Ireland's Vets: Caroline Farrell

Caroline Farrell sat her Leaving Certificate twice and later took the plunge to study Vet Med in Budapest. She is the daughter of a well-known country music star & was also the 2005 Longford winner of the Rose of Tralee.