Video: Meet the Irish man working on a 40,000 acre tillage farm in the US
Tramore, Co Waterford native Andrew O’Regan is currently a participant on Ohio International Intern Program and his internship is on a 40,000 acre tillage farm in North Dakota.
Andrew said the farm does a lot of min till, which he found really interesting as there is not much of it in Ireland.
The machinery to farm 40,000 acres, he said, is equally impressive. He was filmed sowing grass with a 60ft air drill being pulled by 510hp tractor on the front of it, one of a number of big tractors on the farm.
He has been involved in cultivation and driving trucks and was operating a self propelled fertiliser spreader for a while and he was off to work a combine during the harvest.
The experience he has gained has been broad – from cultivation work to truck driving, and operating various machinery.
“If you say you want the chance to do X they’ll give you the opportunity if you prove yourself,” he says.
“So long as they’re confident you’re not going to wreck it (the machinery), they will let you have a go,” he said.
Andrew is one of a team on the farm, and he said there is real camaraderie and the farm gives him access to cars and pickups, allowing him to travel around the State and see it.