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.

Graduate Profile: Jodi Finucane

Jodi Finucane graduated from UCD in 2016 and worked at TopSpec in the U.K before joining Plusvital. The Limerick native co-founded York Thoroughbred Racing.

Student Focus: Pádraig Keating

Pádraig Keating (26) is an Animal Science graduate studying at University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, Hungary. The Kilkenny native is the proud owner of the YellowRoad Charolais Herd.

Feature: Jessie Collins

Jessie Collins (22) - a Food and Agribusiness Management graduate - works as a marketing associate with MSD Animal Health. An opportunity to work in Dublin Zoo influenced the Dubliner’s career choice.

Feature: Pierce Fleming

UCD Ag graduate Pierce Fleming established his own flock when he was 10 and founded Wilmount Pedigree Limousin at the age of 22, after purchasing females from the Pelletstown herd.

Women in Ag: Lisa Hopkins

Lisa Hopkins (23) - a sheep & suckler farmer from Co. Mayo - studied Animal Science at UCD and works as a Farm Advisory Officer and Animal Welfare Officer at Rosderra Irish Meats.

Student Focus: Michaela Cox

Michaela Cox (22) does not live on a farm but she began working in the Agri sector at the age of 15. She studied Animal Science at UCD and is now undertaking a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Feature: Kate Doherty

Kate Doherty (22) studied Animal and Crop Production at UCD and is now a Trainee Accountant at IFAC. The Donegal native has no farming background.

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: 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: 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: 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.

Ireland's Vets: Ciara Sweeney

Ciara has wanted to be a vet as long as she can remember. The Dublin vet has a degree in agriculture and is a recent graduate of UCD's graduate entry veterinary medicine programme.

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