Nine in ten young farmers see job as vocation

Nine out of ten young farmers have always wanted to work in agriculture, a new survey revealed today.

The study by Macra na Feirme also revealed almost half were not interested in one night stands and most would be content for their other half to be the bread winner.

Of the 109 under 35’s quizzed, 67% were in a relationship with almost a quarter of those revealing their partners found their work schedule frustrating.

When asked about one night stands 43% said it was not for them, while 28% believed there was nothing wrong with them and 14% said they thought they were great. Just 15% had no opinion.

Young farmers were also asked if it mattered if their partner earned more than them, 88% said no, 8% did not know and only 4% said yes.

Catherine Buckley, Macra na Feirme president, said this results prove how realistic young farmers are.

“Young Irish farmers are living in the 21st century and appreciate how much their partner does or could contribute,” she said.

“This is a reassuring statistic and shows men see women in today’s workforce and young Irish farmers respect their partner’s job.”

Elsewhere 63% said their job affects their social life.

Ms Buckley said the result was expected.

“Sometimes the job involves such things as working through the night, working around the weather,” she added.

“And a calving cow really won’t time their delivery around a Saturday night out.”


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