How this 28-year-old ‘fell in love with farming all over again’

Ruth Parks farms a herd of pedigree Shorthorn cattle and works as a pharmacy dispensary assistant.

Studying an ag science degree and farming 500 breeding ewes

“Eventually, we will get to a stage where there isn’t a stigma around women in agriculture.” - Hannah (19)

Chasing a ‘lifelong’ dream of becoming a vet nurse

“I was very young to decide what I wanted to do career-wise.”– Maia Hanlon (20)

‘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.

Farmer's Diary: Greetings from the sheep shed

This means less workload for me and VERY importantly, less expense on my pocket, writes Clodagh Hughes.

‘There is still discrimination against female farmers’

Teachers and suckler and sheep farmers, Miriam and Rachel, are the duo behind the Keeping up with the Hastings Instagram account.

‘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.”

‘I have a bug for farming’

“Even though suckler farming isn’t the most profitable enterprise, seeing your cows breed good calves is joyous.”

Milking over 290 Irish-bred cows in Devon

“We farmed 1,000 sheep and 500 head of cattle for years,” – Elizabeth

Women in Ag: Shauna Murphy

“Growing up, I was never told I couldn't do something because I was a girl…” – Shauna (28)

Ireland’s Vets: Hazell Mullins

“The best thing about being a large animal vet is the variety of the day,"

Women in Ag: Bronagh O'Rourke

The couple diversified their 500-acre beef farm.

Women in Ag: Emily McAllister

“I would never turn down a good run around the shops or getting the nails done!” – Emily, a civil engineering student & farmer.

VIDEO: Clodagh Dunne

She lives on a suckler, dairy and tillage farm.

‘I purchased my first ever suck calf with my Communion money’

The 22-year-old student rents a 40-acre farm and has her own herd of pedigree Hereford and Angus cattle.

Women in Ag: Sarah Devlin-Stafford

Sarah describes herself as “your leading lady in livestock”.

'The Leaving Certificate is not the be-all and end-all'

"I decided to defer my veterinary medicine course and come home to Ireland as I felt I rushed into this opportunity too quickly."