Feature: Robert Gamble

‘My grandfather was the first person to bring Texels into Northern Ireland’ – Robert (22) runs a suckler & sheep enterprise with his father

Student Focus: Francis Hand

Francis Hand is a second-generation dairy farmer, UCD ACP graduate and Masters student at Harper Adams University.

Student Focus: Sinead Minihane

“I enjoy working with cattle every day,” - Sinead Minihane (22) is studying a Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management

Student Focus: Alison Stewart

“I've always loved animals and the outdoors,” - Alison Stewart (20) studies Animal Science at Harper Adams University.

Student Focus: Ciarán Mc Donnell

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

Student Focus: Lorraine Farrelly

Lorraine Farrelly (22) has her own farm and studies Agriculture at DkIT/Ballyhaise Agricultural College.

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.