Student Focus: Niamh Keane

Niamh Keane (20) – a suckler and sheep farmer – is studying Animal and Crop Production at UCD.

Student Focus: Lisa Brennan

Catherina meets Lisa Brennan (21) – a fifth-generation farmer, cattle dealer and full-time student. The Monaghan native is a livestock mart enthusiast.

Student Focus: Chloe Dreaper-Eyre

Chloe Dreaper-Eyre (20) – a fourth-generation farmer from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway – studies Bioveterinary Science at AIT and is involved in the running of the family farm.

Student Focus: Siobhán Condron

Siobhán Condron (26) – a keen horse enthusiast - grew up on a farm in Offaly. She graduated with a degree in Animal Science – Equine and is now studying Veterinary Medicine in Budapest.

Student Focus: Emma Kilmartin

Emma Kilmartin (19) is a fourth-generation suckler & sheep farmer from Co. Roscommon. She deferred her course – Animal Science – after her Leaving Cert and is now is second-year.

Student Focus: Margaret Farrell

Margaret Farrell (21) – a final-year Animal Science student at UCD – once considered becoming a vet. The fifth-generation suckler and sheep farmer completed placement in Denmark and France.

Student Focus: Shauna Walsh

Shauna Walsh (22) – who does not hail from a farming background – is a third-year Agri-BioSciences student at CIT. The Cork native is currently completing placement at Teagasc Moorepark - Food Research Centre.

Student Focus: Elena O’Callaghan

Elena O’Callaghan (22) - a Cork native - graduated from UCD with a degree in Animal Science. The 22-year-old PhD student has a keen interest in reproduction biology.

Student Focus: Enda Shalvey

Enda Shalvey (22) is a fourth-year Animal and Crop Production student at UCD. The Shalveys – who hosted Big Week on the Farm in 2017 - milk over 70 cows on a 24-hectare block in Co. Cavan.

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.

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.

Student Focus: Ronan Hynes

Ronan Hynes (22) took a gap year after his Leaving Cert and began his Ag studies at UCD in 2014. The sheep; suckler and pony breeder is studying a Masters in Agricultural Extension & Innovation.

Student Focus: Phoebe Hartnett

Phoebe Hartnett (26) grew up near Cork City and studied Animal Science at UCD. She is now undertaking a PhD in Pig Health & Welfare.

Student Focus: Hazel Rooney

Despite not having a farming background, Wicklow’s Hazel Rooney (24), studied Animal Science and is now undertaking a PhD in Swine Nutrition.

Student Focus: Méabh Dore

Méabh Dore (22) is an Animal Science graduate undertaking a Masters in Agricultural Innovation and Extension. The Limerick native grew up on a suckler farm.

Student Focus: Aoife Quinn

Aoife Quinn completed courses in Animal Care and Animal Science at Westport College of Further Education when her Leaving Cert did not go to plan. She is now studying Ag Science at UCD.

Student Focus: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke studied at Clonakilty Ag College before jetting off to Australia for five years. She returned back to Ireland in 2015; began her studies at CIT and constructed a new milking parlour.

Student Focus: Jody Sweeney

22-year-old Jody Sweeney sat the Leaving Cert twice and completed a Level-5 Certificate at Cavan Institute before he began his Animal and Crop Production studies at UCD.

Student Focus: Rachel Doyle

24-year-old Rachel Doyle missed out on Veterinary by 5 points but opted for Animal Science. She is now undertaking a PhD with Teagasc and the University of Missouri.

Student Focus: Evan Walsh

Catherina meets Evan Walsh who is involved in the running of a 200-dairy cow herd in Co. Offaly. The 21-year-old is currently on placement in The Netherlands.