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‘I could drive a tractor before I could ever drive a car’ – Queen of the Plough

2019 Queen of the Plough, Siobhán Dermody, is a WIT graduate, suckler farmer and works as a research operations administrator at Teagasc.

‘As a child, I loved attending the mart with my father every Saturday’

21-year-old, Sinead Conway, lives on a suckler and sheep farm in Co. Mayo and studies a BSc in Agriculture.

‘More cows always equals more work, but not necessarily more profit’

Roy McLean left his career in computer programming in 2004 to run Sitalane Farm following his father’s retirement.

‘We need to improve export markets for weanlings and not rely as much on Irish beef factories’

Alan Feeney farms six pedigree Belgian Blues, four pedigree Charolais under the Blackfield prefix, along with fifteen commercial breeding females, mainly Parthenaise-cross-Belgian Blues, in partnership with his father, Pat.

Farmer Focus: Glaslough Herefords

Glaslough Herefords is owned by Nigel Heatrick, Co. Monaghan

VIDEO: How these suckler farmers are achieving excellent results using all terminal stock bulls

Joe and John Atkinson, a Wexford-based father-and-son-duo, farm 80 spring-calving cows and lamb 250 mid-season ewes.

4 suckler farmers making the most of technology

4 farmers will demonstrate the use of technology on their farms once the COVId-19 restrictions have been lifted.

‘There is no doubt in my mind that there is a future for suckler farming in Ireland’

21-year-old Finbarr Brennan is a third-year student-teacher who breeds pedigree Limousin cattle under the Kilnamaddy prefix in Co. Monaghan.

Breeding is key to suckler success – young farmer

John Barry - young farmer - autumn calving - Belgian Blue

Budget for Calf Investment Scheme increased to €4m

Calf Investment Scheme - Michael Creed - Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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