Rachel has already made a name for herself throughout Northern Ireland for her success in showing animals from her own pedigree herd of Irish Moiled cattle.
She has also established a pedigree flock of Suffolk sheep at her home farm in County Londonderry and has a part
share of a Poll Dorset flock in England. Her long term plan is to set up her own livestock fertility company, but in
the immediate future she hopes to gain experience and extend her skills working for a company specialising in
livestock artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer.
She plans to take an additional AI qualification while studying for her degree at University Centre Reaseheath,
and believes that this will help her stand out when applying for jobs.
Rachel, 22, had already achieved a Foundation Degree in Agriculture with Land Management and had spent a year concentrating on her own projects before deciding to top up to a full degree at University Centre Reaseheath.
She has researched hybrid sheep breeding for one of her key projects, and believes that the in depth knowledge she has gained will help enormously in her future career.
Becoming a Reaseheath undergraduate has been a very good experience. The course has a good balance between agriculture and business management. There’s a really good mix of topics and the tutors are friendly, helpful, and easy to contact.