articles about women-in-farming
23-year-old Shauna Begley has her own herd number, land and livestock.
Carmel O’Keeffe-Power (45) gave up her full-time job to farm. The married mother-of-three worked as a logistics planner and a production scheduler.
Catherina meets Áine Devlin (22) - a fourth-generation farmer from Down. She farms, runs her own business and is a part-time independent sales agent for Agri-Lloyd.
With plans coming together to venture to a grass-based dairy farm in Missouri, USA for the summer, I am ready to kick the final year exams out of the park, writes Emma McCormack
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.
Mary Troy (24) took over the farm at the age of 17 when her father passed away. The Waterford native studied at Kildalton Ag college and milks over 80 cows.
Dr. Shauna Holden (28) became interested in agriculture when studying to become a second-level Science teacher. The Kilkenny native - a qualified teacher - works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Teagasc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emma returned from her J1 adventures two months ago and began working on a pig farm, despite having no previous experience with pigs.
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.
Ellen Nyhan (18), Co. Cork is a Leaving Certificate student with a passion for Irish music; competition ploughing & farming.