'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.

Profile: Darragh Fadden

Darragh Fadden studied a BSc in Forestry at WIT and transferred to UCD. He worked for The Forestry Company and is now a Research Masters Student at Teagasc.

Sheep Update: Flock protection using llamas

I’m encouraged to see that our llama will actively look for and chase walked dogs along the fence line from his side of the hedge, writes Matthew Kehoe.

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.

Graduate Profile: Rosalyn Drew

Rosalyn Drew worked as a seed specialist and technical sale rep after graduating from UCD. The Meath native is NitroFert’s Sales and Marketing Executive.

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.

Graduate Profile: Neil Morris

Neil Morris (21) graduated with a degree in Animal and Crop Production in 2018 and works with Contessa Trading as an Agricultural Advisor. He farms with his uncle in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

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.