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Darren Carty is a livestock specialist in the Irish Farmers Journal, specialising in the sheep and beef sectors. Areas focused on include technical features, grassland management, herd health, breeding and domestic and global market analysis. Darren is a committee member of the Irish Grassland Association and also sits on the management team of the Teagasc / Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm and the Dairy Calf to Beef programme. He holds an honours degree in animal science from University College Dublin. Previous to joining the Irish Farmers Journal, he worked as a Teagasc adviser in Galway. He hails from a suckler and sheep farm in Co Galway. Aside from farming, he has a keen interest in sports.