Dairy farming is "like farming as a whole" often portrayed as a job for men. However, this is a stereotype not rooted in fact. While it is true to say that most farm owners in Ireland are men, it's not only men working on dairy farms. The role that women currently play on dairy farms in Ireland and can play in the future is often overlooked.

That is not the case in Europe where the role of women in farming is better recognised. I remember visiting large farms in Germany where it was primarily women doing all the milking. These women are employed part time, just to milk or to feed calves. It’s a similar story in Denmark and Holland where women, many of whom live in the local village work part time on dairy farms.