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People Skills, The Outback and The Best Shearer of All Time with Dwayne Black

This week I talked to Dwayne Black who is a experienced and knowledgeable shearer from Australia.  At one stage Dwayne had four different world shearing records including the record for the fastest sheep shorn. He is very well-known in the shearing industry and probably more now so for his training. Dwayne also owns a shearing app called “Logik” which contains very detailed tutorials for different sections of sheep and for the gear. 

We talked about his life and career, I asked him some interesting questions such as “what would you say to your 20 year old?” self and “who do you think is the best shearer out there?”. Enjoyed recording this one, Dwayne is so knowledgeable and we had great craic recording this which is full of laughs.

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Beef Farming, Killer Cows and Starting an 800 Acre Farm from Scratch with Sean Roddy

This week I talked to Sean Roddy a.k.a the beef farmer. Sean is the farmer manager in Lyon’s estate in Kildare which is an 800 acre farm. We had a great discussion about farming, business and Sean’s extensive career that took him from analysing carbon data from all the farmers supplying Sainsburys in the U.K to running a dairy farm in New Zealand. 

In this episode we talk about stabiliser cattle and why everyone should be running them, farm safety and how Sean was nearly killed by a cow in Spring calving and COVID, how cattle crushes might come in handy to administer the COVID vaccine.

Twitter – The Beef Farmer

Instagram – The Beef Farmer

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Functioning Anxiety, Veterinary Practice and Side Hustles with Hazell Mullins and Michelle Maguire.

This week I interviewed two very talented girls, the bright minds behind Vet Space Ireland, Hazel Mullins and Michelle Maguire. This episode was a lot of fun with a good mix of serious talk and a great laugh! 

We talked about Vet Space and how it has taken off in just a few months, how the girls are balancing running Vet Space while having full-time jobs. We talked about how they met and their first meeting when Michelle pitched the idea of a monthly veterinary podcast to Hazel. We also talked about mental health and how we can get overwhelmed and how it’s easy for things to get on top of you and ways to deal with that. 

 

Vet Space Ireland 

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The Sheep Game, Competition Shearing and Youtube Success with Cameron Wilson

This week we talked to Cameron Wilson from Scotland. Cameron is a shearer and shearing contractor, a sheep scanning contractor, he does security work almost full-time and has his own flock of 1,100 sheep! He’s a YouTuber with the channel “The Sheep Game” where he horses out 2 videos a week and is starting to get very popular his channel has almost 7,000 subscribers.

We had a whale of a chat. We talked about careers and how to balance multiple side hustles, Cam talked about how he started with 4 sheep in his mother’s garden and how he got up to 1,100 sheep in a few years. We talked about shearing and why it’s a great career for a young man or woman to get into. We talked about farming and how to start and grow your farm and what would happen if the payments stopped in the morning! We also talked about YouTube and Cam gives away the secret on how to have a successful channel. Keep an eye out on our Social Media channels as we will be doing a merch giveaway soon!

 

The Sheep Game

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Climate Change, Vision Farming and Global Agriculture with Tommy the Vet

This week we talked to Tommy Heffernan, a.k.a Tommy the Vet. Tommy is a well-known veterinary consultant, entrepreneur and perhaps a reluctant social media influencer. Tommy also previously worked with the Farmer’s Journal and was awarded a prestigious farm scholarship in 2018. 

We talked about an array of topics, from self development and how to have a career, to world travel and Tommy’s experiences in countries like China. Tommy also gives his views on key topics in Agriculture such as climate change, global agriculture and AMR and the over-use of antibiotics in animals. Tommy also has a podcast called “Aginspire” which is fantastic as Tommy is a great communicator and is so knowledgeable.

 

https://tommythevet.ie/

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Making Mooves, Choosing the Farm Life and How to Get 5000 followers with Alice The Calf Girl

Alice is a 25 year old farmer originating from England who now lives and works in Kildare, calf rearing and relief milking in a number of farms. She also posts regularly on social media with the user name The Calf Girl which she has over 5,000 followers!

Today we go through Alice’s agricultural education, and her pathway into the industry having not grown up on a farm originally. We also discussed her 12 month placement in New Zealand as part of her studies and what she learned out there. We discussed what brought her to live in Ireland, although who brought her to live in Ireland might be more accurate and Alice’s plans for the future and her plans to run her own farm.

 

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Finding your Soul Mate, Quitting Nursing and Scaling up your Dairy Farm with Margaret Little

Margaret Little Milks 120 Cows on Drumderg Farm in Fermanagh with Husband Andrew and Father-in-law Raymond. Interestingly Enough Mags Trained as a Nurse First and Worked in a Hospital in Belfast before Pulling the Plug and Going Farming Full-Time.

In this episode we talked about, Covid and How it’s Affecting Us, Particularly in Terms of Our Mental Health. We talked about Careers and How to Escape the Rat Race and Spend Your Days Doing what You Love. We talked about Dairy Farming and What Steps the Littles are taking to Get Their Herd Firing on All Cylinders.

 

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Passing on the Family Farm, University Success and Prize-Winning Charollais’ with Dr. Shane Conway Part 2

Dr. Shane Conway is a Researcher in the Discipline of Geographies Rural Studies Unit at NUIG and at the Tender age of 31, has already been Published Widely in Academic Journals. Shane’s Research Interests are in Rural and Agricultural Geography, with a Particular Focus on Generation Renewal in Agriculture, the Human Side of Farming and Rural Sustainability.

Today we talked about Generation Renewal, why Previous Early Retirement Schemes Just Haven’t Worked, Why it’s Currently Very Hard for Young Farmers to Get Started and why the Older Generation and Their Needs are Often Overlooked. We also talked about College and the Challenges of Studying During Covid and Shane Gives some Great Advice to Students Drawing on his University Experience. Shane then talks about how he Fits Farming into his Busy Career Life and in Particular his Beloved Prize Winning Charolais  Flock!

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Passing on the Family Farm, University Success and Prize-Winning Charollais’ with Dr. Shane Conway Part 1

Dr. Shane Conway is a Researcher in the Discipline of Geographies Rural Studies Unit at NUIG and at the Tender age of 31, has already been Published Widely in Academic Journals. Shane’s Research Interests are in Rural and Agricultural Geography, with a Particular Focus on Generation Renewal in Agriculture, the Human Side of Farming and Rural Sustainability.

Today we talked about Generation Renewal, why Previous Early Retirement Schemes Just Haven’t Worked, Why it’s Currently Very Hard for Young Farmers to Get Started and why the Older Generation and Their Needs are Often Overlooked. We also talked about College and the Challenges of Studying During Covid and Shane Gives some Great Advice to Students Drawing on his University Experience. Shane then talks about how he Fits Farming into his Busy Career Life and in Particular his Beloved Prize Winning Charolais  Flock!

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https://twitter.com/shaneconwaynuig?lang=en

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Quintuplet Lambs, Going Against the Grain and Dating Apps for Farmers with Laura Regan

Laura Regan is a Rising Star in the Sheep Farming Sector, who was also Recently Featured on “That’s Farming”. Laura Farms 900 Ewes with both her Father & Grandfather, & is currently Studying Ag Science in GMIT.

Today we Talked About a Number of Things, such as a New Dating App for Farmers, The Time she Walked out to her Shed and Found 5 lambs with a Mule Ewe & How Laura Went Against the Opinions of Others and Pursued her Passion of Farming & Going to Ag College.

https://www.instagram.com/lauraregaan/

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