Olivia Gunn

Olivia, who’s 12 years old, farms with her parents, grandparents and three siblings on a dairy farm in Co Roscommon. She’s been farming since she could walk, when she started getting out with the cows and bringing them in for milking.
Olivia can often be seen on her mum’s social media channels sorting out her cows, building stuff, repairing things and generally bringing a hands-on approach to the business of dairying.

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