Academic success leads the way to innovative lamb farming

Sarah Wood-Martin is a sheep farmer, University College Dublin (UCD) agricultural science graduate and now Bord Bia and European Try Lamb Ambassador.

‘I won’t deny that I had to prove myself twice to many farmers’

"No farmer questions my ability anymore." - Ciara Byers (19), dairy farmer and UCD ag student.

‘I think some farmers think a young girl like me couldn’t possibly be a vet student’

Suckler and sheep farmer, Michaela Doran (23), repeated the Leaving Cert to study veterinary at UCD.

Farming over 300 beef cattle and a 100-cow dairy herd

“Radiography was my first choice, but I didn’t get the points.”

Studying veterinary nursing at UCD

“I did consider becoming a teacher at one stage" - Niamh Kennedy (21)

'There is a sense of responsibility to carry on the family tradition'

"My love of farming will definitely draw me back to my home farm in the future"

Student Focus: Rachel Moloney

‘I was dropped in the middle of nowhere with 5,000 cows' - Rachel (22), an Animal Science student.

Student Focus: Francis Hand

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

Graduate Profile: Michael McGonigle

The UCD graduate was lecturing before joining KEENAN

Graduate Profile: Seán Callan

'No two days are ever the same' - Seán (23), UCD Alumni

Student Focus: Sarah Woodmartin

“I feel extremely lucky to have been brought up on a farm,” - Sarah Woodmartin (22) studies Animal Science at UCD

Dr. Fiona McGovern – Research Officer

“When you are a research officer, you are only as good as the team that surrounds you” – Dr. Fiona McGovern – Teagasc

Graduate Profile: Ronan Gorry

Ronan Gorry (28) on suckler farming, studying at WIT and UCD and his professional career.

Feature: Julie Roche

Julie Roche graduated in 2001 and worked in sales before branching into agricultural consultancy.

Student Focus: Niamh Keane

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