Amy Jackson is a finalist in this year's Corrib Oil Women in Farming Awards.
She farms in partnership with her husband Ross in Co. Tipperary, running a 50-hectare cattle, sheep and tillage enterprise, producing organic barley for Waterford Distillery and organic oats for Flahavans.
"I have always enjoyed being outdoors and working with animals," explained Amy, who was born in England but moved to Irish soil in 2006.
"I befriended a woman called Helen; at the time, she was managing a sheep enterprise with 1,200 ewes and I started off helping her, perhaps being more of a nuisance than anything," she added.
Amy then began working on a farm comprising of 600 ewes where she remained for six-years ; this gave her an opportunity to enhance her skill-set and expand her knowledge.
When Amy moved to Ireland, she assisted farmers during the lambing season and sought work as a REPS environmentalist - that is how she crossed paths with Ross who she married in 2012.
Three years later, they changed their farm from 100% conventional tillage to a mixed organic enterprise; Amy also established her own flock of sheep which she continues to oversee the running of.
"My favourite part about working on the farm is the team-work that goes alongside the really busy times such as harvest and silage-making where myself, my husband and brother-in-law would probably all be working together."
"I love lambing time and everything that goes with it, but especially the quiet times, when the sheep are fed, bedded and content - I enjoy casting my eye over them."
"I think the nice thing for me about being in a farm partnership is I have my own strengths and interests and my husband has his aswell."
"They are quite different to each other so we pull together to complete all the work," Amy concluded.
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