Report NameHow the perception of dairy farming as a career can be enhanced and be seen as a realistic career choice for young people
Karol grew up on a suckler farm in Asdee in North Kerry. He worked away from the farm for 10 years in Banking and Financial Services where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor. Karol is married to Caroline and they have 2 young children Tommy and Emily. After taking over the farm, Karol converted it to dairy in 2013 receiving “new entrant quota”. In 2017 he calved down 100 cows and plans to calve 125 cows by 2019 at which stage the current milking platform will be fully stocked. Karol is chairperson of the Asdee discussion group. Karol sees agriculture as an excellent career choice for anybody who wishes to run their own business and overcome all the challenges this entails. “There is a great sense of satisfaction in seeing something you have planned and worked hard on implementing actually succeeding”. He will study how the perception of dairy farming as a career can be enhanced and be seen as a realistic career choice for young people. “We must get the message out that Irish Agriculture is at the cutting edge in use of new technologies and ideas, and there is an interesting, challenging and rewarding career in dairy farming”.
Karol will study how agriculture and large corporations both in Ireland and internationally position themselves to attract their required labour. He plans to travel to Denmark, Germany, US and Australia to investigate further.