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.

Student Focus: John Forbes

24-year-old John Forbes graduated with a degree in Dairy Business last week. The Cork native is currently involved in the running of a 131-cow dairy farm.

Student Focus: Aoife Walsh

20-year-old Aoife Walsh completed a Level-5 Certificate in Animal Care before she progressed to AIT’s Veterinary Nursing programme. The Laois native is now in second year.

Student Focus: Cian Jobe

Relief milking at the age of 14 sparked Cian Jobe’s interest in dairying. The Co. Longford native studied at Ballyhaise before undertaking a degree in Dairy Farm Management.

Student Focus: Fabian McCarthy

Fabian McCarthy is a fourth-year Agricultural Science student at Institute of Technology Tralee. The 20-year-old and his father run a 175-cow dairy herd.

Student Focus: Catherine Hearne

Catherina meets 20-year-old Catherine Hearne, a third-year Veterinary Nursing student at UCD. The Kilkenny native is also a talented musician and chess player.

Student Focus: Aoife Bergin

The Certified Irish Angus Schools competition inspired 20-year-old Aoife Bergin to study Animal and Crop Production Science at UCD. The Tipperary native is also a former camogie player.

Student Focus: John Dullea

John Dullea’s beef farming roots sparked an interest in animal genetics. He completed work placement with the ICBF and has just finished a degree in Ag. Science at WIT.

Student Focus: Jennifer Doyle

Dublin’s Jennifer Doyle may not carry an ounce of farming blood, but the 27-year-old holds a degree in Equine Science; worked as a data analyst and is now undertaking a PhD in Statistical Genomics

Student Focus: Paul Smith

Paul Smith from South Dublin holds a degree in Animal Science; worked with Macra na Feirme and is now a Teagasc and UCD PhD student.

Student Focus: Andrew O’Donnell

22-year-old Andrew O’Donnell juggles his Animal Science studies with farming; relief milking; sport and an involvement with Macra Na Feirme.

Student Focus: Martin Merrick

Catherina meets Martin Merrick, a UCD Animal and Crop Production student, sheep farmer and pedigree Charolais breeder from Mayo.

Student Focus: Doireann Mulhall

Catherina meets 20-year-old dairy and tillage farmer, Doireann Mulhall. The Kilkenny native is studying Animal Science at UCD and is actively involved in the IHFA.