Women 'are the backbone of farming'
A new group dedicated to the role of women in farming held its first meeting last night.
The South East Women in Farming hosted a panel discussion on agricultural media and farm women.
In particular,it focused on how women can be the 'backbone' of the farming industry throughout the challenge of Brexit and the future of the EU.
Research by the National Rural Network showed only 13pc of 111,134 farmers were women and they were marginally older than their male counterparts.
'Farming Independent' journalist Claire McCormack, Helen Carroll, presenter of RTÉs 'Ear to the Ground' and head of corporate communications at Teagasc Eric Donald were on the panel at the event in in Carlow.
Farmers Lorna Sixsmith, Leonie Vella, Suzanna Crampton, along with Aisling Molloy and Jane Kavanagh of Teagasc, are behind the organisation.
Ms Sixsmith said the group was set up to enable women involved in farming and rural life to network, learn from each other and support and share experiences.
"We keep hearing of women being the backbone to Irish farming, but it often seems to be just words rather than a means of empowering women. We want to increase awareness, ensure daughters are considered for farm succession and taken seriously when they are farming," she said.