Rather than be put off a career in farming when his older brother Jimmy took over the family farm in Summerhill, Co Meath, Richard Austin took the road less travelled and moved to The Colony, Louisburgh, Co Mayo to work alongside his uncle at the age of 19.
Milk quality has been a passion for West Cork farmer Kieran O’Sullivan for as long as he can remember, instilled in him by his late father Donal decades before he won the National Dairy Council/Kerrygold Qualtiy Milk Award in 2015.
Brid and Roger Fahy have been making ice-cream on their dairy farm for almost 15 years. After spending much of that time chasing big supermarkets, they have discovered that less really is more, and have completely refocused their business. And it's working.
The decision to breed his entire dairy herd to Hereford bulls is delivering benefits that Tipperary farmer Shane Hourigan could not have anticipated when he opted for the traditional beef breed.
Sophie Bell took the reins of the family dry stock farm in Virginia, Co Cavan, while in her final year of school. "Just before I did the Leaving Cert, my dad went to work in England, so I became heavily involved in keeping the farm going," she says. "It was a tough year, but I learned a lot."
Renowned accordion player Ned Kelly will travel to Belfast next month to receive an Outstanding Contribution Award at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil - but he'll be back in the calving shed the next morning on his dairy farm in Millbrook, Nenagh.
Significant changes are about to be introduced to all farmers stocked at greater than 170kg organic nitrogen per hectare (NPH) this spring. These rules will affect both farmers in derogations and farmers who are over 170NPH but who export slurry to bring them under the 170 limit.
David Russell is the youngest winner of the Zurich Farm Insurance/Farming Independent Farmer of the Year, and he modestly insists that much of his success is down to his father Loughlin, with whom he farms in partnership at Corbally House near Thurles.
When young dairy farmer Bill Gleeson first stood up in front of dozens of young men and women earlier this year to speak about his own mental health, little did he realise the positive impact it would have on those around him.
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