7 March 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March with a theme of Balance for Better, ifac has taken the opportunity to celebrate some of the women who are today changing the face of Irish agriculture. Farming and agriculture has long been considered a maledominated realm. 2016 figures from the Central Statistics Office show that just under 13,000 women were employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing that year.

That represents just under 11% of the total 116,000 workers in those sectors which by EU standards is low. Bernice Renaghan is born and bred in Clontibret in Monaghan and owns B&N Renaghan Enterprises Ltd with her husband Nigel. She looks after the poultry side of their business along with their six children (ages 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4).

She has five chicken houses and they produce a batch of 120,000 every six weeks, which equates to about 720,000 birds each year. A typical day for Bernice starts by checking all the chickens to make sure they’re feeding well. She also checks the…

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