'I was always out on the farm since I was a child'
My week... Kathleen Fallon
It has been a busy few months for Kathleen Fallon at the family farm in Leitrim what with the cattle, the contracting and, of course, the arrival of her first born, Cian, 10 weeks ago.
"I am back on the farm now and was out dosing the cattle a few weeks ago. I couldn't just look out the window at the cattle knowing they had to be dosed so my sister Aoife, who is a teacher, helped me out with Cian," says the 24-year-old.
She farms in partnership with her father Dermot on 50 hectares in Drumkeeran near Drumshanbo. They keep a stock bull and rear spring calving livestock ( a mixture of Angus, Limousin and Charolais) for sale at local marts and to neighbours and she also helps out with the family's contracting business.
And when she is not dosing and baling, she lends a hand with the sheep at her partner Niall Moran's farm near Drumshanbo. Busy is the word that springs to mind.
Kathleen is the middle sister of three and the one who was earmarked for farming from the get go.
Neither Aoife (25), the teacher, nor Caroline (22), the nurse, had the slightest interest in farming, Kathleen explains.
"My sisters showed no interest, but I was always out on the farm every day and on the tractors or down at the garage since I was a child," she says.
Apart from the first-hand experience, she studied at Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Co Cavan where she achieved a Level 6 qualification. And then, anticipating the needs of the home farm, she completed a veterinarian assistant's course in Sligo.