articles about women-in-ag
Ruth Parks farms a herd of pedigree Shorthorn cattle and works as a pharmacy dispensary assistant.
“Eventually, we will get to a stage where there isn’t a stigma around women in agriculture.” - Hannah (19)
“I was very young to decide what I wanted to do career-wise.”– Maia Hanlon (20)
"No farmer questions my ability anymore." - Ciara Byers (19), dairy farmer and UCD ag student.
This means less workload for me and VERY importantly, less expense on my pocket, writes Clodagh Hughes.
Teachers and suckler and sheep farmers, Miriam and Rachel, are the duo behind the Keeping up with the Hastings Instagram account.
Suckler and sheep farmer, Michaela Doran (23), repeated the Leaving Cert to study veterinary at UCD.
“Radiography was my first choice, but I didn’t get the points.”
“Even though suckler farming isn’t the most profitable enterprise, seeing your cows breed good calves is joyous.”
“We farmed 1,000 sheep and 500 head of cattle for years,” – Elizabeth
“Growing up, I was never told I couldn't do something because I was a girl…” – Shauna (28)
“The best thing about being a large animal vet is the variety of the day,"
The couple diversified their 500-acre beef farm.
“I would never turn down a good run around the shops or getting the nails done!” – Emily, a civil engineering student & farmer.
She lives on a suckler, dairy and tillage farm.
The 22-year-old student rents a 40-acre farm and has her own herd of pedigree Hereford and Angus cattle.
Sarah describes herself as “your leading lady in livestock”.
"I decided to defer my veterinary medicine course and come home to Ireland as I felt I rushed into this opportunity too quickly."