'You can't make a living from the scenery': Is there a future for farming in our hills?
Joe Joyce (47) from Shanafaraghaun, near Clonbur, Co Galway, began holding sheepdog demonstrations in 2008 after he was approached to assist in the film 'Marley and Me'.
The Connemara sheep farmer may live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, but even he says while tourism is great, you can't make a living from the scenery alone, he told TV farming programme Rare Breed.
Joyce has been training young pups to become trusted sheepdogs for years and pets of the stars. He's had Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Calista Flockhart and Johnny Cash jnr on his farm in recent years.
But it's training sheep dogs since 2009 that has helped his farm. "There is very little income out of hill farming at the moment.
"The price of wool is so bad, it's costing us to shear the sheep.
"The sad part is there is very few young people going at it at the moment. In this valley alone there are only seven children under 10-years-old.
"There is no sign of them having any interest in it.
"It's a big worry and is sad to see. It's a lovely way of life and you would like to see it go on.