articles about women-in-ag
Aideen Burke (24) grew up on a beef farm in Co. Clare and studied FAM at UCD before joining Slaney Foods as a Graduate Management Trainee. She works as a Sales Executive and is completing a Masters degree.
Yorkshire native Laura Cable (26) grew up on a beef & sheep farm and won a scholarship to travel to New Zealand where she met her partner. She is now managing a 130-cow farm single-handedly in Cork.
Make a study plan; have a balanced diet; get organised; leave college work in college; worry about yourself and get adequate sleep - here are Emma McCormack's top study tips.
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.
Ninth-generation farmer Sarah Stewart (26) studied a Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree at I.T Sligo. She runs the Benview Flock with her partner and works at Western Forestry Co-op.
I have never been frowned upon about being a woman in agriculture, its more or less a thing of the past, nowadays usually, being a woman in agriculture is just seen as a norm, writes Sophie Bell.
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.
Fíona Dunne (27) worked on a cosmetic counter before she studied Theatrical and Media Make-up and jetted off to Australia. She came home to study at WIT & UCD and is now a PhD Researcher.
Westmeath’s Amy Connolly (23) studied a Level 5 at Ballyhaise before progressing to DkIT’s Agriculture course. The MAgriSc student is also a suckler & sheep farmer.
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.
Do not be afraid to put yourself out there, as daunting as it may be. Sometimes you have to say what people do not want to hear, but what needs to be said, writes Emma McCormack.
Animal Science - Equine graduate Slany Sheridan (21), Ballinagh, Co. Cavan runs a dairy & pig farm with her father and brother. She hopes to work in the agri-food sector in the future.
Phoebe Hartnett (26) grew up near Cork City and studied Animal Science at UCD. She is now undertaking a PhD in Pig Health & Welfare.
Sophie Bell ventured home to Co. Cavan this week and when she returns to Harper Adams University next week, she will begin two new roles - one with Herdsy & the other as a weekend milker.
Andrea Hickmann worked as a nurse in Germany for 15 years before she moved to Galway to farm with her partner. They milk an 80-cow herd and utilise Fleckvieh genetics.
Despite not having a farming background, Wicklow’s Hazel Rooney (24), studied Animal Science and is now undertaking a PhD in Swine Nutrition.
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.
Ann-Maree Manley farmed across the waters before she returned to Ireland to study at UCD and run a Milking Shorthorn and Ayrshire herd with her father. She works as a HerdApp Salesperson.
Méabh Dore (22) is an Animal Science graduate undertaking a Masters in Agricultural Innovation and Extension. The Limerick native grew up on a suckler farm.
“I never once dreamt that I would have the opportunity to combine both my love of agriculture and marketing together.” - 23-year-old Lisa Meyler of Green Acre Marketing.