Young Ballinagare woman, Sinead Conry, will represent Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand next March.
The 21-year-old from the townland of Rathnollag established her own herd of Hereford cattle in 2016. She will be among four finalists travelling to New Zealand next year.
Sinéad is a third year student in Technological University Dublin studying environmental health science.
Reacting to the news, she said that her passion and love for farming comes from her father Michael, and her love for livestock started when she purchased a calf in Castlerea Mart using her First Holy Communion money.
“When I graduate I plan to combine a career in environmental inspections with farming. I have a keen interest in the challenges facing farmers at a time where resistance to meat production and consumption is increasing and wants to develop a sustainable environmentally friendly farming enterprise centered on Herefords,” she said.
Sinead is no stranger to the show circuit or the winner’s enclosure and two of her animals recently won best pair of Herefords at the Strokestown Show.
“I’m at my happiest when I’m in show ring walking cattle and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I cannot believe I have been given this opportunity and can’t wait for team Ireland to travel across and compete,” she said.
Sinead thanked Slaney Meats and the Irish Hereford Society for giving her this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.