Women account for just 11.6pc of the agricultural workforce in Ireland. Compared to other countries it is a very low figure, but Felicity McGrath and her mother Patricia are bucking the trend with a thriving herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus and a growing herd of Kerry cows on their 70-acre holding outside the village of Gurteen in Co Galway.
It has been a busy few weeks for Donegal farmer Andrew McShea. Not only has he taken up the role as a southern Ireland distributor for the fledgling agriculture fertiliser North Atlantic Seaweed, but more importantly, he has just sold his first batch of Tully House Organic Lamb into the Irish market.
As a child Alan Chadwick was told he used to act like a clown in class. Now, he says he is turning a negative into a positive in his role as 'Farmer Al', bringing fun into schools, hospitals and nursing homes across the country.
'I know a lot about pigs, but I don't know everything," says west Wicklow pig breeder Dermot Allen as he prepares for another busy evening with his hog roast business, which takes him the length and breadth of Ireland between April and October.
'Shearing on a day-to-day basis is a tough business and it's hard to get young people involved, but it is great that these championships are so popular," says Jim O'Dwyer of the All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships, which took place in Cashel last weekend.
Churchtown in Cork is well known as the birthplace of the legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Many good horses have also hailed from here, the latest being Commander Of Fleet, who is a firm favourite for honours at next week's Cheltenham Festival for his owner Michael O'Leary and trainer Gordon Elliott.
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