Miriam and Rachel Hastings were each just four years old when they helped lamb their first ewe. The sisters, who are both teachers, were born and raised on a sheep and suckler farm near Ballyforan on the Galway/Roscommon border.
Simon Byrne is not a man who is afraid of taking on plenty of hard work. The soon-to-be father of two is a sheep farmer and an independent agricultural advisor, and this year he is growing malting barley on contract for the first time on the family farm at the foot of Mount Leinster in Ballinavocran, Co Wexford.
With 2019 now firmly behind us, Michael Duffy - like all farmers - is looking forward to 2020. There is usually optimism at this time of the year, with farmers waiting for the scanning results, grass growth speeding up in February and the arrival of lambs in March and April.
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