Let’s get realistic; when it comes to mixing childcare with farming, there is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution. Not all parents have the option of one parent staying at home while the other works on the farm. Grandparents are mostly out of the equation at the moment and every family is different, every farm is different, especially if one parent is a frontline worker.
Jimmy Rohan from Kilkenny understands the problem all too well, his two sons are aged six and seven. “All the boys want is to be outside, that’s the reality of it, good, bad or indifferent, all you can do is keep impressing the dangers on to them,” he says.