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Sheep Ireland Graduate Programme (Full Time)


We are looking for one graduate to join our hard working and innovative team in our state of the art offices in Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Throughout the programme, you will learn and develop a broad skillset in an open, supportive and collaborative environment. You will be working directly with farmers and industry experts to deliver results that will make a financial impact for our farmers and the wider agricultural sector. You will get the opportunity to work alongside a top-class team on a variety of projects across the sheep sector. You will also get to spend some time collaborating with the array of experts in our Genetics and IT teams within the Sheep Ireland and ICBF company. Sheep Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications are now open for the Sheep Ireland Graduate Programme 2024. Successful candidates will be offered an exciting opportunity to join our world leading organisation for a twelve-month period, commencing in Summer 2024.

Why us?

Are you passionate about the future of Irish sheep farming? Do you have a keen interest in genetics, performance recording, and sustainable agriculture? Join the Sheep Ireland Graduate Programme and kick-start your career in the dynamic world of sheep farming.

About Sheep Ireland

Sheep Ireland is the leading provider of information-based genetic and genomic services. Our core strength at Sheep Ireland is our welcoming and collaborative culture and the Sheep Ireland Graduate Programme is a key element in expanding our high calibre talent base. Sheep Ireland is the leading organisation dedicated to genetic improvement in the Irish sheep industry. We work closely with farmers, breeders, and industry stakeholders to enhance the genetic potential and overall performance of Irish sheepflocksWe areworld leaders in sheep genomic evaluations, working closely with experts in research. We are making a significant impact on the genetic progress of the national flock. Here at Sheep Ireland, we are all about helping sheep farmers to increase their profits by using sustainable genetics by harnessing data-driven insights to power sheep farms’ success. Farmers are making better, smarter decisions and bringing growth and efficiency to a whole new level.

Programme Overview

Our graduate programme offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and professional development in sheep genetics, data analysis, and agricultural research. As a graduate trainee, you will work alongside industry experts and contribute to cutting-edge projects aimed at advancing genetic improvement and sustainability in the Irish sheep farming sector.

Key Features:

  • Experience in key areas such as genetic evaluation, performance recording, market development, and sustainability initiatives.
  • Mentorship from experienced professionals and opportunities for skill development and career advancement.
  • Involvement in innovative research projects and collaborative partnerships with leading agricultural organisations and research institutions.
  • Exposure to a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities, providing a comprehensive understanding of the sheep industry and its challenges and opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals, fellow graduates, and stakeholders across the agricultural sector.

Who We’re Looking For:

  • Graduates or final-year students with a degree in 3rd level Agriculture, Ag. Science or equivalent in a related field.
  • Enthusiastic individuals with a genuine interest in sheep farming, genetics, and agricultural innovation.
  • Strong analytical skills and a passion for data-driven decision-making.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly in Excel
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and a willingness to learn and adapt in a dynamic industry.


  • Gain invaluable experience over twelve months
  • Possibility of a long-term position within the organisation based on your performance during the programme
  • Elements of travel nationally and internationally
  • Further training and support opportunities exist for those who wish to continue their education
  • Competitive salary benefits package

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter via our online application process available on our website  under  ‘Careers’ (in the y‘About Us’ section).  Closing date is Friday 19th April 2024.

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Irish Sheep Farming!

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