What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
Agricultural Science - I really enjoyed it and it gave me a good understanding of the basics in agriculture. Technical Drawing and Construction Studies - I enjoyed the hands on building as well as the planning and design aspect which has assisted me in planning and building my farm yard from the parlour, sheds, workshops and even my new house.
If I could go back in time I think I would of taken Business Studies to give me a better grasp of the financial aspects that are involve in my farming business.
What is your education to date?
Leaving Cert 1998 Kilkenny College
Certificate in Agriculture 1999 Kildalton College - achieved distinction
Certificate in Farming 2000 Kildalton College - achieved distinction 2001 Full time farmer
Other places where I have gained knowledge are the Kildalton Discussion Group, Macra na Feirme Ag Affairs committee and study tour to New Zealand.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
The certificate for agriculture in Kildalton College as it set the basis for everything I have worked from since.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I have completed an A.I course to assist with cow genetics.
I attend quite a lot of information meetings that keep me up to date with the latest research and findings.
I intend to do a wealth creation course - which is a financial planning course