I used to be a vegetarian,” Amy Jackson says during my visit to their tillage and lamb farm in Lacka, Co Tipperary.

“Oh, me too,” is my response. Growing up on a farm; a child sometimes becomes attached to the “end product” – that was my reason for giving up meat as a teenager. But for Amy, an individual who seems to radiate kindness, a deep respect for animals was her main reason for abstaining. Now, she eats meat if she knows where it comes from and how the animals were raised.