South East Ladies in Farming host panel for subsequent assembly


The subsequent assembly of South East Ladies in Farming will function a panel of 5 farmers exploring gender points and their repercussions. The gathering will happen within the Woodford Dolmen Lodge, Carlow, on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm.

The kind of points probed will embrace whether or not feminine farmers face completely different challenges to their male counterparts.

The assembly will ask whether or not the distinction in bodily power has any impact, given the rise in mechanisation on Irish farms. One other query posed shall be whether or not the solitude of farming impacts girls in several methods to males.

Being pregnant and childcare shall be on the agenda. The flexibility of ladies to attend coaching or dialogue teams shall be mentioned. The notion of feminine farmers will even come underneath the highlight.

5 girls, at completely different levels in life, shall be on the panel to debate their experiences, to share their recommendations on overcoming challenges, and to ask the opinions of others on upcoming challenges of their farm companies.

The 5 farmers on the panel are: Geraldine Energy, a beef farmer in Co. Waterford; Gail Daniels, a dairy farmer in Co. Wexford; Ann Stenning, a retired dairy farmer from Co. Wexford; Siobhan Walsh who at present works off-farm; and Gillian O’Sullivan, chairperson of the Pioneering OAD (as soon as a day milking) in Eire dialogue group.

The panel shall be chaired by Ann Fitzgerald. Admission is €5, and all are welcome.


The group fashioned nearly a 12 months in the past and had its official launch in January. Roughly 120 girls in whole have attended conferences, with some turning up often, and others making it to the occasional one.

Earlier subjects lined have included: agricultural training; coping with frequent farm accidents; sharing tales with the media; psychological well being; and utilizing social media, mentioned group co-founder, Lorna Sixsmith. One of many highlights was a visit to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Present.

What’s optimistic is that farm girls are attending to know one another. They’re exchanging tales and confidences and they’re all selecting up farming ideas from one another. The dialogue is at all times good.

“Any coaching has a sensible angle to it, for instance, a calf rearing course that’s deliberate, shall be sensible. Together with Suzanna Crampton, I’ll run social media coaching so that individuals can share their tales on-line, and hopefully extra girls will curate the @irelandsfarmers account which, in its personal small method, emphasises that girls in Eire do farm.”




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