The Shepherd Cat‘Bodacious is a real character.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The Ray D’Arcy Show recently alerted viewers to a sheepdog alternative in the form of Tom the llama. And they may have found another, feline, candidate. Bodacious the cat lives on Suzanna Crampton’s farm in Kilkenny. Susanna has written a book, Bodacious: The Shepherd Cat, about life on a farm from the perspective of Bodacious. She joined Brenda Donohue in studio, along with a representative sent by …

The Alpaca Farming Boom?“The fleece is finer than cashmere.”

As heard on Countrywide with Damien O'Reilly

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They’re from Peru, look like llamas and produce a hypoallergenic fleece. The humble Alpaca is growing in number in Ireland. It’s estimated there’s about 3500 in the country right now but that number could be set to rise. The Vice-chairman of The Alpaca Association of Ireland, Paul O’ Brennan came on Countrywide to tell host Damien O’Reilly about farming alpacas. Paul described some of the similarities between farming …

Veganism‘We believe in this myth that humans are superior to other animals and that we have a right to control the natural world.’

As heard on Countrywide with Damien O'Reilly

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Whether your fridge is filled with almond milk or your freezer is brimming with steaks, veganism is steadily rising. Countrywide’s Damien O’Reilly spoke with Sandra Higgins from Go Vegan Ireland about the increase in veganism, what it means for farmers and what the future might look like. Sandra described what veganism is to her. “Veganism is the belief that it’s wrong to inflict unnecessary …

Challenging inheritance traditions in farming“50% of the population is women…we need them.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Lorcan McCabe is the new Deputy President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association and he’s keen to change the way the issue of inheritance is viewed in the farming community. He sees women as vital to the future of farming in Ireland and is seeking to challenge the idea that the eldest male in the family will automatically inherit the farm. He …

Darragh McCullough’s Return to Full-time Farming ‘I never was able to shake the disease!’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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From RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground to full-time farmer, Darragh McCullough is one presenter who certainly walks his talk.  He joined Sean O’Rourke to talk about his exit from journalism and his return to the farm. “I suppose I never was able to shake the disease, Sean!  Before I became a full-time journalist, I was a full-time farmer.  I hit …

Inheriting the farm‘I don’t want it back, I’ve just given it to you’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Over the last few decades, with increasing urbanisation, the rapid expansion of the capital, and industrial policy focused on science, technology and foreign direct investment, fewer young people are willing to, or in a position to, take over farms left to them either by parents or relatives. And sometimes, when elderly farmers write their wills and pass their farms on …

Liveline farmer‘With children and that sort of thing, it’s very unrealistic for a woman to run a farm.’

As heard on liveline

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Some people of a more liberal persuasion might have felt they had been transported back in time, to the Ireland of the 1950s, listening to Liveline earlier today. Oliver Cromwell even got a mention, in a debate centring around two issues concerning women and farming. The motions in the debate ran something along these lines. Firstly, if a woman inherits …

Mattie McGrath TD“That wouldn’t happen in Africa, in Mugabe’s time”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Members of the Defence Forces have shot five cattle on a farm in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, yesterday. The cattle, suspected of having tuberculosis, were on a farm previously owned and operated by John Hoey and his partner, Aisling Nic Ardaile. The farm is the subject of bankruptcy proceedings and the shooting was overseen by Chris Lehane, an official from the …