Ailbe Ryan with his wife Denise and their children farm in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary. Ailbe says he has farmed since he could walk and feels dairy farming is a good career path. His wife Denise farms with him full time as well as running the family home, they have four children, Shane, Eoghan, Cian and Ailbhe. The family originated from Newport in Co Tipperary where there were five generations of farming families dating back to the 1800’s. Ailbe really enjoys the business management side of farming and future planning, he looks forward to fully owning his farm in three years’ time and ultimately having a successor to take over in the future. In the meantime, he will continue to enjoy making a good living with his family and having a good work/life balance.
“I have had a passion for dairy farming all my life.”
“My wife is farming with me full-time and runs the house as well.”
“Dairy farming is a good career path.”
“My advice to a 20- year old younger version of myself would be to expand slowly, with a five/six year business plan and stick to the plan.”
“I have farmed since I could walk.”