Interview with Leonie Vella, Irish Sheep Farmer


I met Leonie on Twitter where we first shared a chat comparing sheep and dairy farming I think. I was intrigued to discover that she didn’t have a farming background and yet, is now farming full-time as a sheep farmer. The journey from city life to spending hours in a lambing shed is an interesting one so I was delighted to interview about her life and times. I hope you enjoy the read too.

1.Hi Leonie, tell me a [...]

Interview with Organic Beef Farmer Maria Phelan


12% of Ireland’s registered farmers are female. That means that the percentage of women farming registered with a herd number is 12%. Apparently half of that number are widows which suggest the majority of them are over 60. That translates into 6% of Ireland?s farmers being young and female. However, is this really a true reflection on the facts? I’m afraid I don’t have the time [...]

Farm Families wanted for new TV series

If you’re a farming family with a story to tell, you might be interested in this. An Irish television channel is ?looking for farming families to take part in a new TV programme. Isn’t it great that farming is now seen as so interesting to various audiences? Apart from educating consumers about where their food comes from and showcasing rural life, it really gives farmers a voice too. ?We’ve had Young Farmers on Channel ?4. UTV Ireland are currently showing [...]

Interview with Alison German, Australian dairy farmer

I can’t remember when Alison and I first met on twitter or what we started chatting about but somehow we discovered that we’re both dairy farmers with similar sized herds (at the time) and we share a birthday. Someday we plan to meet on our birthdays – be that Ireland, Australia or somewhere in between!

Alison also blogs and I thought that by doing a featured interview with her, you’d all get to know here too. I sent her [...]

Meet Catherina, Aubrac Female Farmer

I first met Catherina of Derrybrack Aubracs on twitter and was struck by her enthusiasm for her beloved Aubrac cattle. It all stemmed from a win of an Aubrac calf some years ago. She is hugely passionate about farming and bodes well for Ireland’s future farmers if many of them are as enthusiastic as Catherina.

1. Hi Catherina, do tell us about your background and location please.
I’m 16, from?Co. Mayo and I’m the eldest of two sisters and one brother.
We have [...]