New video series highlights women leading way on farms

A video series launched by Ireland’s National Rural Network (NRN) confirms a new era for women in farming, highlighting resilient and innovative females leading the way on Irish farms.

The video series set out to highlight the pivotal role women play in contemporary agriculture. The Irish women in agriculture video series details the experiences of five women involved in different sectors of agriculture and highlights their dedication and commitment to farming.

While farming was traditionally a male-dominated profession, data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that of the 265,400 people who worked on farms in 2016, over a quarter were female (71,700). However, less than one quarter (16,100) of these females were holders of the farms on which they worked.

Confident

The NRN video series showcases a growing band of hardworking and confident Irish women leading the way on Irish farms.

The women featured in the series are: Sinead Conry, a pedigree Hereford breeder from Roscommon; Deirdre Divilly, agricultural science student and dairy farmer from Galway, currently on placement in New Zealand from University College Dublin (UCD); Margaret Edgill an organic farmer from Offaly; Aoife Forde, a suckler farmer based in the Burren in Co. Clare; and Daphne Scott, a sheep farmer based in Co. Cavan who also runs her own dog grooming, boarding kennels and mobile pet farm under the name Precious Pets.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the series, Dr. Maura Farrell from the NRN and NUI Galway said:

“These videos challenge traditional perceptions of women in Irish farming. The women in these videos are highly innovative, resilient and dedicated to farming, similar to many other women on farms across Ireland.

“Their expertise and commitment reinforces my belief, that a good farmer is a farmer irrespective of gender.”