First Shoots

So just for all of yous to get to know me a little better, I am gonna base this first blog around me. So my name is Conor Gallinagh, I’m from a small town in the middle of Donegal called Stranorlar.

So what I am up to at the moment, well I’m currently a third year undergraduate studying a Honors Bachelor Degree of Science in Horticulture, Landscape and Sports-turf Management.

Why this you might ask. Well its big part of my life from day one with the family business and farm.

This is where I have developed and grew my interest in horticulture and agriculture. The family business covers a wide variety of horticulture activity from the garden centre, to the tree nursery and landscaping along with forestry throwing into the mix as well.

A view of the garden centre.
A view of the garden centre.

The family farm comprises of a whole array of animal and very much depends on what day of the week you appear from cattle to goats and everything in between even a donkey called Dolly. Although its main enterprise is twenty suckler cows along with calves and fifty breeding ewes.

Dolly the Donkey
Dolly the Donkey

In 2010 I won a major farming competition the ‘Heifer & Hogget Competition’ run by the Irish Farmers Journal.

This involved completing a portfolio on the farm covering various questions associated with a working farm from the enterprises employed to health and safety.

The second stage took part at the Tullamore Show. At this interviews were held by selected representatives of the agriculture industry and a Q&A on the portfolio was completed. The overall judgement on the portfolios and the interviews were then judged.

The finalists were gathered and the the 12 winners of the heifers announced. I was the successful winner of a two year old Limousin heifer from Sligo.

Back in 2010 with the heifer I won. Also in the photo is the breeder from Sligo (left) and a Irish Farmer's Journal representative0.(Right)
Back in 2010 with the heifer I won. Also in the photo is the breeder from Sligo (Left) and a Irish Farmer’s Journal representative (Right)

So whats gonna be expected from my blogs? Well the main interest is gonna evolve around the family business and as well  other areas of horticulture here in Ireland and abroad .

I will also keep regular updates on the family farm and what is happening throughout the different seasons. I will also keep regular updates on my work  experience which I under take as part of my university studies and as well a look at my degree and how it progresses.

Any tips or feedback on my blogs would be more than welcome and greatly appreciated