Student Focus: Rachel Connolly

“I like how fast-paced farming can be at times” - Rachel Connolly (20) studies ag science and farms a flock of sheep

Women in Ag: Alison Beattie

"I cut out the middle man and here we are eight years later," – Alison of Farm Wardrobe

Women in Ag: Sheila Walsh

“When I was younger, I wanted to join the army or be a Garda,” – Sheila farms in partnership with her parents

Women in Ag: Emma Wharton

“When I tell people I’m a sheep farmer, they sometimes have to do a double take,” – Emma Wharton (29)

Feature: Nicola Baldrick

Nicola Baldrick (35) is a farmer’s wife, a mother-of-six, a freelance hairdresser and blogger.

Student Focus: Sarah Woodmartin

“I feel extremely lucky to have been brought up on a farm,” - Sarah Woodmartin (22) studies Animal Science at UCD

Women in Ag: Maighréad Barron

"I wouldn't be able to be inside at a desk all day every day" - Maighréad Barron (25) is leasing a 100-acre dairy farm

Women in Ag: Olivia Carroll

24-year-old Olivia Carroll - a mother-of-one - farms in her own right and works at Gurteen Agricultural College

Women in Ag: Grace Roche

"Pretty Bird was born out of frustration" - Grace Roche combined her farming background and her marketing experience to create her own business.

Women in Ag: Shauna Begley

23-year-old Shauna Begley has her own herd number, land and livestock.

Women in Ag: Carmel O’Keeffe-Power

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.

Women in Ag: Áine Devlin

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.

Student update: Missouri, college course and time to find a job!

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

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.

Women in Ag: Mary Troy

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.

Women in Ag: Dr. Shauna Holden

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.