Laois woman Siobhan Walsh has taken on a key role in the Irish Farmers Journal, replacing the long-serving Andy Doyle as the Tillage Correspondent.
From Ratheniska, Siobhan has worked for the Farmers Journal for the past two years as their Sustainability Correspondent.
But following the retirement of Andy Doyle after more than 40 years, she has moved to the role of Tillage Correspondent, a position that carries considerable status in the Irish farming industry.
Her first column as the tillage specialist is in this week’s paper.
Doyle has been an authoritive voice on the tillage sector for more than four years and announced in last week’s edition that he was retiring.
Siobhan, whose family farm in Ratheniska and are very involved in the local community, is a qualified pesticide advisor and has a PHD in soil nitrogen supply.
She started her journalism career reporting on local GAA matches for the Laois Nationalist.
She did her PHD with Teagasc Oak Park in Carlow and was a technical tillage journalist with Agriland for over three years.
“I would like to wish Andy the very best of luck in his retirement from tillage editor,” she writes in this week’s edition.
“He has provided essential advice for all over the years and will continue to play a key role in the tillage sector’s future through his work with Tillage Industry Ireland and the wider sector.”