Cathal grew up on a family farm in Dromore, Co Tyrone, which operated a suckler beef herd and contracting business. He always liked working with the cattle but was never overly keen on the tractor work.

Initially, he wanted to be a teacher and didn’t really see himself farming full time. Cathal admits he never really put the full effort into studying and as a result, he failed to get the required grades which ruled out teaching as a career.