Speakers

Pat Smith

Managing Director of Local Power

Pat is an experienced director and leader with board experience in numerous and varied businesses including farming and agriculture, telecoms, accountancy, insurance, energy and renewables with a history of business success and organisation leadership. Pat has a B.Agr.Sc from UCD .

Mairead McGuiness

MEP, Vice President of European Parliment

Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and represents the Midlands-North-West constituency. As First Vice-President, she oversees relations with the EU affairs committees of Member State parliaments.

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Mairead is a member of the EU Rural Development, Environment, Public Health and Food
Safety Committee and Constitutional Affairs committees. An agricultural economist, her
work focuses on the future shape of agriculture and rural development policies, global
development policy, the environment, public health, and food safety and security.
Mairead was lead negotiator for the EPP Group, the largest political grouping in the
Parliament, on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (Pillar I).
She works on issues impacting on the sustainability of the food supply chain, including unfair
trading practices. She was voted MEP of the Year for Agriculture. Prior to becoming an MEP
she was a well-known Agri journalist, broadcaster and commentator

Matt O’Keefe

Editor of Irish Farmers Monthly

Member of dairy farm partnership milking 300 purebred Irish Pure Friesian cows at Church Clara, Kilkenny with brother Philip and nephew, Bill.

  • Editor, Irish Farmers Monthly.
  • Producer/presenter ‘Farmshow’, weekly farming programme on KCLR, Kilkenny/Carlow Local Radio.
  • Former national President Macra na Feirme.
  • Former chairman Farm Apprenticeship Board.
  • Former vice chairman IFA National Dairy committee.

Mike Ross

Commercial Director of Wizuda

Mike Ross grew up on a pedigree Holstein dairy farm in Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, which is currently run by his brother Matthew and father Frank.  Mike went to St. Colman’s College in Fermoy, and later graduated from UCC with B.Sc degree in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology.

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A keen rugby player since the age of 11, he turned professional in 2006 when he signed his first contract with Harlequins. Mike went on to win 61 caps for Ireland, as well as 152 caps for Leinster and 83 for Harlequins.   During the course of his career he won two European Cups, two Pro 12s and two Six Nations titles. He retired from rugby in June of 2017, and took up a role as commercial director for Dublin software company Wizuda, who specialise in GDPR compliant data transfer.  Mike is married to Kimberlee, and they live in Dublin with their two children, Kevin and Chloe.

Peter Hynes

Farming independent Farmer of the year 2017

Peter and his wife Paula are business partners. After graduating from Teagasc Agri College (Clonakilty), he has been involved in setting up a discussion group. They have expanded the pedigree Holstein herd from 50 to 150 cows and supply Dairygold Co-op. They also recently invested in a  high-tech milking parlour & heat detection system. Peter is a passionate believer in grass measurement and new technology to boost profits.

Dr.David Atherton

Managing Director of Thomson & Joseph Ltd

David has been the managing director of Thomson & Joseph Ltd since 1987 and provides specialist nutritional services and products for ruminant livestock, forages and soils. David has developed an integrated approach to improve the utilisation of grass which also enhances animal health. David is also a charter member of the Royal Society of Biology.

Dr.Robert Prendiville

Teagasc researcher beef from dairy herd

Robert Prendiville is a beef researcher at Teagasc, Grange. His research includes dairy calf to beef and suckler systems. He is currently project leader on four studies at Grange; dairy beef production, early and late maturing dairy crossbred heifer and steer production, validation of the Replacement Index for suckler cows and alternative techniques to determine feed intake in suckler beef cows.

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Robert studied Agricultural Science in UCD and thereafter completed a PhD at Teagasc, Moorepark where his work focused on Jersey crossbreeding in the dairy herd. After his PhD he began to work in beef research at Johnstown Castle and is now based at Teagasc Grange. Topics pertinent to his research include establishing profitable blueprints for dairy calf to beef production systems that are profitable for producers and marketable for processors. His research work is very much focused on optimising animal production from low input sustainable pasture based production systems.

Joe Burke

Livestock Manager, Bord Bia

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Darragh McCulloch

Meath Dairy farm partnership & Agri Journalist

Darragh McCullough has worked for RTÉ, the Irish Farmers Journal, and Independent News and Media. He is a presenter on RTÉs  Ear to the Ground programme, and the deputy editor of the  Farming supplement. He was educated at Greenmount Agricultural College and University College Dublin, where he received an honours degree in Agricultural Science. He also has a Masters in International Development from UCD. His farm features regularly on Ear to the Ground. It is a mixed farm that focuses on flower production. In 2015, his family entered a dairy partnership with their neighbors.

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He was educated at Greenmount Agricultural College and University College Dublin, where he received an honours degree in Agricultural Science. He also has a Masters in International Development from UCD. His farm features regularly on Ear to the Ground. It is a mixed farm that focuses on flower production. In 2015, his family entered a dairy partnership with their neighbors.

Pat McCormack

ICMSA Preident, Tipperary dairy farmer

Pat is married to Joanne and they have one child. They run a herd of between 100 Friesians cows at his home farm in Greenane outside Tipperary town and supplies Tipperary Co-op. His current milk price, with the 3c/l February bonus, comes out at 37.5/l, which he describes as a relief given the dismal returns of the past few years.

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However, he emphasises that a floor of at least 32c/l will have to be guaranteed if dairy farmers are to make a living. His main preoccupation this month (March) from a farming perspective is the breeding season, which runs over the next eight weeks.
As the recently ICMSA President he is also concerned by the upcoming Brexit talks, which he
says will impact one way or another on the Irish dairy and beef industries because of our
dependence on the British market for exports.
He believes the Government will have to be at its negotiating best for the talks, because of
the possibility of a new European border emerging from the process and all the commercial
barriers and disruption that such an outcome would entail.
His interest in farming issues stems from his father Tom, who celebrates his 90th birthday
this week and who is only now taking the idea of farm retirement seriously.
But it was his father who ignited Pat's interest in farm representation. He was a great friend
of the late Sean Kelly and Jackie Cahill – the former ICMSA leader and current TD

Kevin Nolan

Carlow tillage farmer

Kevin Nolan is an award-winning tillage farmer in Grangeford, Co. Carlow. Kevin has successfully adopted precision technology, social media and innovative ways to use land to help sustain and grow his business into the future.

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In 2009 he was awarded the Syngenta Sprayer Operator of the Year. This was followed in 2010 when I was selected as a Nuffield Scholar. In 2012 and 2014 respectively, we received the FBD Tillage Farm of the Year award and the Zurich Tillage Farmer of the year award.

I began farming with my Dad in 1997 and set up a farm partnership, which was important as it helped put a structure on the business. We now farm directly across 1,500 acres of land – but in total, we harvest around 1,800 acres.

In autumn, we plant cereals and oilseed rape, and in spring we plant barley, beans and rape. Over the years we’ve scaled up our farming operation through various means of renting, leasing, share-farming and contract farming.

Share-farming is where the landowner supplies the land, and we provide the machinery and pay for half the inputs so for us – it’s a low-risk growth strategy. Contract farming is for farmers who farm in their own right but don’t wish to carry the overhead of machinery.

“Just like a trawler, I use Facebook as a huge fishing net.” “Generally, when we put up a post, we would have upwards of 2,000 views within two hours.” “I have travelled across the United States, Brazil and Canada and met some of the most progressive farmers in the world.”

At the moment, we’re focused on continuing to build a robust and sustainable business model by securing a base acreage of 1,100 acres of land, on long term leases over 15 years. We are also actively growing our share-farming option.

Dr. Dan Ryan

International specialist in reproduction on beef and dairy cattle

Dr. Dan Ryan is a leading international specialist in reproduction in beef and dairy cattle. He has a wealth of experience, backed up by impeccable credentials and longstanding collaborations with leading universities.

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In 1995, Dr. Ryan set up his own fertility management consultancy firm ‘Reprodoc Ltd’ an international service for beef and dairy production clients. This service offers preventative health management programmes which identify stressors in the environment which impact on fertility.

Dr. Dan Ryan has collaborated with research centres such as The Teagasc Dairy Research Centre in Moorepark, Munster A.I. Station, The Dept. of Veterinary Medicine in U.C.D., and The Biomedical Centre at The University of Ulster.

In Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ryan developed evaporative cooling systems in conjunction with Arizona State University. This resulted in a 1.8 litre increase in milk production per cow/ day with a 9000 litre herd average in a 305 day lactation. Pregnancy rates also increased from 15% to 35% to first insemination.

In Louisiana State University, Dr. Ryan developed a system for IVF of pregnant females. Dr. Ryan continued his post doctorate at Texas A&M University where he evaluated the impact of high energy diets on fertility in malnourished cows.

In 1992 he to set up a programme in Reproductive Physiology at the Dairy Research Centre in Moorepark. He evaluated various hormonal treatments to enhance pregnancy rates and systems to increase submission rates and to reduce the calving to pregnancy interval.

Cathal Bohane

Dairy Nutritionist, Keenan-Alltech

From a farming background, Cathal attained a degree in Agriculture (BAgrSc) in 2000 from University College Dublin (UCD). Following this he completed a Masters in Agriculture (MAgrSc) specialising in nutrition which involved working in UCD and Teagasc Moorepark. He started working for KEENAN, who manufacture diet feeders as well as the InTouch feeding technology in Borris, Co. Carlow, in 2003 as a nutritionist. His work for KEENAN has seen him work in the Ireland, UK and Australian markets returning to Ireland for the last few years to assume the role of Head of Nutrition for the InTouch and KEENAN organisation

Ian McCluggage

Head of Dairying & Pigs Development Branch of CAFRE

Ian McCluggage is the son of a Co. Antrim dairy farmer. He has a B.Agr.Sc (Hons) and an M.Agr.Sc (Farm Business Economics) from Queen’s University Belfast. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science and of the Ulster Grassland Society. Ian has authored more than 80 technical publications.

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In 1984 Ian commenced work with the Dept. of Agriculture N. Ireland (DANI) initially as a general adviser, then dairy specialist and progressing to senior business consultant. He gained additional experience in the commercial world, spending several years in the private sector before returning to DARD in 1998.

In 1999 he became head of advisory / development work in the beef and sheep sector before becoming Head of Dairying & Pigs Development Branch in 2000 at the Greenmount Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

At Greenmount he is involved in evaluating a constructed wetland for handling dirty water from a 200 cow dairy unit. Other key areas of work include farm business development and new technology to improve competitiveness. This includes benchmarking, production systems, grass and business challenge, cow nutrition and milk compositional quality.

Mike Magan

Chairman to Animal Health Ireland

Mike is a dairy farmer, working in partnership with his son. They farm near Killashee in Co.Longford. Together they operate a grass based spring calving herd.

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Mike has a keen interest in the continued development of the Irish agricultural industry and has shown this through his involvement with in many organisations.

He has served on several Boards including ICBF, ICOS and as Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association. He was also President of the Irish Grassland Association.

Currently Mike is on the Board of the Agricultural Trust and the current Chairman of Animal Health Ireland.

Patrick Kent

ICSA National President

Patrick Kent is the ICSA National President and farms near New Ross in Co. Wexford where he concentrates on suckler cattle and sheep enterprises. He was re-elected last year and this is his third term in office. He began his final two year term as ICSA President in the New Year.

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Speaking to the media after his election Kent said: “We can do a lot more in the next two years. We have a lot of issues coming down the tracks: Mercosur; climate change; CAP reform; and our suckler farmers are under pressure – all these issues are going to affect farmers and fellas need to get recognition. Dairy farming is booming at present and other sectors need to be brought up to that level and supported.

We also have to turn the debate on climate change towards policies which recognise the potentially positive contribution of farmers in terms of more renewables and recognising increased efficiencies in minimising emissions and proper accounting of sequestration. I also pledge to continue to fight against unfair inspection penalties and insist on payment on time for all schemes.

Dr John McNamara

Health & Safety Specialist for Teagasc

Dr John McNamara is Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc and is based at Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny As a farmer you are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of yourself, your family, employees and others that may be affected by what you do.

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This includes contractors, casual or part time workers, trainees, neighbours, and children.

Teagasc want you to work in a safe working environment to maximise your income and ensure a quality of life for you and your family.

John has organised numerous Health & Safety demos and written extensively on this important subject.

At Farmex, Teagasc in conjunction with the Health & Safety Authority and Gardaí will be organising some practical health & safety demos

Maura Canning

Former Chair of the IFA Family Farm Committiee

Maura Canning is married to Seamus and they have two children Craig an Agricultural Engineering student and Tegan who is on the Galway minor hurling team. They have a suckler and sheep farm in Mullagh near Loughrea and has been in Maura s family for three generations. Seamus also makes the famous Canning hurleys.

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Maura is Secretary of Galway County Ploughing Association and ploughed for first time last year in All Ireland Championships in Screggan Tullamore and came 4th in the All-Ireland She hopes to plough again this year and maybe do a little better.

Maura is and a past National Chairperson of the IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee   from 2013 to 2018. She remains a member of the National Committee.

Maura has also have attended many COPA meetings in Brussels representing Irish farm women. Issues raised with the Irish Govt. included pensions for farm women and the   Fair Deal Scheme. Maura expects that there will be some new legislation in this regard soon.

Other important issues have included Farm safety campaigns and improving   mental health   for farm families.

Maura is also on the GELS Committee (Galway East). This committee deals with suicide awareness locally and was winner in recent Social and Community sports awards. She is also a board Member of the Galway County Childcare Committee

A busy lady indeed and she still found time to help launch the Mind our Farm Families support helpline and worked with Pieta House on this.

Michael Moroney

Chief Executive at Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) Ltd

Michael Moroney is an Ag graduate from UCD and  the Chief Executive of the Agri contractor representative group, Farm Contractors Ireland. (FCI) Mr Moroney has had a long career in the agri-journalism and machinery sectors, including roles as the Farmers Journal machinery editor and, latterly, its vintage and motoring editor.

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He has also held the position of Chief Executive with the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA)

The FCI has a national office in Portlaoise. It is run along a regional structure and the eight regional chairs and secretaries are then also the effective executive council or board of the association.

FCI is a member of CEETTAR, the European contractors’ association. The FCI estimates that there are approx. 1,800 professional agri contractors in the Republic of Ireland.

Their cumulative turnover amounts to €750 million per year. According to the FCI Agri contractors own about 20,000 tractors, which consume 500 million litres of diesel pa.

It estimates that contractors invest €150 million in tractors and machines – annually. And are responsible for 25% of all new tractor purchases in the Republic of Ireland.

Irish contractors make over five million bales of silage and spread more than 10 billion litres of slurry each year.

Martin Kavanagh

Well known Tipperary based Vet & Animinal Health Consultant

Martin Kavanagh is a qualified veterinarian, Cow Signals® trainer and dairy herd health consultant to the animal health sector, Coops, farmers, feed industry etc.

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He is a graduate from UCD and his practice is based in Tipperary. He has worked internationally in a variety of ruminant production systems.

Over the past 20 years he has worked in roles as a farmer, practising veterinarian, cattle nutritionist, in agri-business and skills training. His agribusiness clients include Alltech, Centenary Co-op, Farm Relief Services, Glanbia, Keenan, Munster Herd Health, MSD etc.

Martin believes that animal health and production issues can be managed by getting the herd in balance and that the farmer should be in control of the herd performance.

His expertise is in herd health problem solving, cow nutrition particularly dry and transition cow management, calf health, infectious disease management, lameness management, fertility investigation and somatic cell count control.

Frank O’Sullivan

Chairman of “One Health” committee of Veterinary Ireland

Frank is originally from Meath and is a vet based in Trim in a general practice. He graduated from UCD in 1983 with an MVB, MRCVS. He completed a Masters in Applied Science (Food Science), in UCD 1999 – part of which included a thesis entitled “Application of HACCP Systems: interface with GMP”.

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He completed a diploma entitled “Essential Trainer Skills” from NUI Galway in 2000 designed to provide key skills to deliver training and education in the food and agricultural industry.

The practice in Meath provides veterinary clinical services and also promotes herd health and disease prevention strategies to farmer clients. Frank is also a part time lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology delivering courses in meat technology, risk analysis and food safety.

He is the farm and food animal continuing editor of the Irish Veterinary Journal. He is a past president and currently the chair of the “One Health” committee of Veterinary Ireland.

Peter Gohery

Health and Safety Advisor

Peter Gohery farms near Eyrecourt in East Galway,a active memeber of Galway IFA, a farm accident survivor and he also has a (B.Sc.), Environmental Health and Safety management. Peter lost his leg in an accident with a PTO shaft on his diet feeder in 2009.

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His wife, who is a nurse, arrived on the scene and tended to him, while their son gave directions to the paramedics. Peter was in hospital from October of that year. He got home for Christmas and then went to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, where I spent 16 weeks learning to walk again. A new power shaft, with a cover, cost him only €160 the following year. However the prosthetic leg he is now wearing is valued at €40,000.

So he is well qualified to speak on best practices for farm safety. Peter has been interviewed by Áine Lawler on farm safety on RTE’s “Big Week on the Farm” 2016.  He was a speaker at HSA Safety Stand at the National Ploughing Championships in 2014, 2015 & 2016

Peter has retold his story on RTE’s “Ear to the Ground” & “Survivor Stories” .He has discussed farm safety on Newstalk with Ivan Yates & with Damien O’Reilly on Countrywide Radio 1.

Clients Peter has worked closely with include FBD Insurance, Teagasc, Embrace FARM and the HSA. So we all look forward to hearing him speak at Farmex.

Brian Reidy

Founder of Premier Farm Nutrition

Brian Reidy is a native of Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. He runs his own Suckler and Beef enterprise. He has his own consultancy service-Premier Farm Nutrition.
Brian graduated with an Honours degree in Animal Science from UCD in 1999. He began his career with Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies in East Cork as a Technical Sales representative to dairy, beef and tillage customers.

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In 2002 Brian joined Richard Keenan & Co as a Nutrition Consultant. He was responsible for nutrition support to farmers in Munster. In 2005 he was appointed Keenan Nutrition Manager for Ireland and was also Head of Dairy Nutrition. Brian has been at the forefront of developing efficient, cow-friendly feeding strategies which complement grass-based production systems. Brian has also
traveled extensively throughout Britain and France as a support to Keenan Nutritionists working
with grass-based production systems.
In 2010 Brian joined Arrabawn Co-op & Dan O’Connor Feeds as their Nutrition Specialist and Feed Sales Manager. He supported the feed sales team in their delivery of quality nutrition solutions to the mainly grass-based milk suppliers. Here Brian gained valuable experience in the feed industry.
In January 2011 Brian established Premier Farm Nutrition. His consultancy delivers independent
nutrition solutions to customers in southern Ireland. Brian currently advises some of the highest
yielding and best-known herds in Ireland. Over the last six years, Brian has also worked as a Ruminant Nutrition consultant in Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The United Arab Emirates, Oman, Hungary, Romania and Estonia. He writes a popular weekly column for the Farming Examiner.

Speakers

Pat Smith

Managing Director of Local Power

Pat is an experienced director and leader with board experience in numerous and varied businesses including farming and agriculture, telecoms, accountancy, insurance, energy and renewables with a history of business success and organisation leadership. Pat has a B.Agr.Sc from UCD.

Mairead McGuiness

MEP, Vice President of European Parliment

Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and represents the Midlands-North-West constituency. As First Vice-President, she oversees relations with the EU affairs committees of Member State parliaments.

Matt O’Keefe

Editor of Irish Farmers Monthly

Member of dairy farm partnership milking 300 purebred Irish Pure Friesian cows at Church Clara,Kilkenny with brother Philip and nephew, Bill.

Matt is also a member of the IHFA & presents a farming programme on KCR radio

Mike Ross

Commercial Director of Wizuda & former Irish Rugby International

Mike Ross grew up on a pedigree Holstein dairy farm in Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, which is  run by his brother Matthew and father Frank.  Mike went to St. Colman’s College in Fermoy, and later graduated from UCC with B.Sc degree in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology.

Peter Hynes

Farming independent Farmer of the year 2017

Peter and his wife Paula are business partners. After graduating from Teagasc Agri College (Clonakilty), he helped set up a discussion group. They have expanded the pedigree Hostein herd from 50 to 150 cows and supply Dairygold Co-op. They have invested in a  high-tech parlour & heat detection system. Peter is a passionate believer in grass measurement and new technology.

Dr.Robert Prendiville

Robert Prendiville is a researcher with  Teagasc. His research includes dairy calf to beef and suckler systems. He is a project leader on four studies at Grange; dairy beef production, early and late maturing dairy crossbred heifer and steer production, validation of the Replacement Index for suckler cows and alternative techniques to determine feed intake in suckler cows.

Joe Burke

Joe Burke is Beef and Livestock Sector Manager with Bord Bia, which is responsible for market development, promotion and market information for Ireland’s agri-food industry.

He is also closely involved in the family beef farm in Co. Limerick, finishing around 200 cattle per year. These are purchased as weanlings and slaughtered as steers at around 24 months of age.

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough has worked for RTÉ, the Farmers Journal, and Irish Independent. He is a presenter on RTÉs  Ear to the Ground, and the deputy editor of the  Farming Independent. Educated at Greenmount Ag College and UCD, where he received an honours B.Agr.Sc degree. He also has a Masters in International Development from UCD. In 2015, his family entered a dairy partnership with their neighbors.

Pat Mc Cormack

ICMSA President, Tipperary dairy farmer

Pat is married to Joanne and they have one child. They run a herd of 100 Friesian cows at his home farm in Greenane outside Tipperary town and supplies Tipperary Co-op. His cows are milked in a high tech milking unit which allows Pat more time to work with ICMSA members nationwide. 

Brian Reidy

Premier Farm Nutrition

Brian Reidy is a native of Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary. He runs his own Suckler and Beef enterprise along with  his Premier Farm Nutrition consultancy.
Brian graduated with an Honours B.Agr.Sc degree  from UCD in 1999. His career began with Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies in East Cork and also worked as a nutritionist with Keenan and with Arrabawn Coop.

Dr. Dan Ryan

Dr. Dan Ryan is a leading international specialist in  in beef and dairy reproduction. He has a wealth of experience,  and longstanding collaborations  with research centres such as Teagasc, Moorepark, Munster A.I., The Dept. of Vet Medicine in U.C.D.,   The University of Ulster. &  Louisiana State University

Cathal Bohane

Dairy Nutritionist, Keenan-Alltech

Cathal attained a B. Agr. Sc degree  in 2000 from UCD. Following this he completed a M.Agr.Sc  in nutrition  working with UCD and Teagasc Moorepark. He started working for KEENAN’s in 2003 as a nutritionist.in the Irish, British & Australian markets. He is now Head of Nutrition for the KEENAN organisation

Mike Magan

Chairman of  Animal Health Ireland

Mike is a dairy farmer, working in partnership with his son. They have a 200 cow dairy farm near Killashee in Co.Longford & supply Lakeland Dairies. He has served on several Boards including ICBF, ICOS and as Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and IHFA. He was also President of the Irish Grassland Association.ed spring calving herd.

 

Patrick Kent

ICSA National President

Patrick Kent is the ICSA National President and farms near New Ross in Co. Wexford where he concentrates on suckler cattle and sheep enterprises. He was re-elected last year and this is his third term in office. He began his final two year term as ICSA President in the New Year.

Dr John McNamara

Dr John McNamara is Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc and is based at Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. John has written extensively on farm safety issues . He says  “As a farmer you are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of yourself, your family, employees and others that may be affected by what you do.

Maura Canning

Former Chair of IFA Family Farm Committiee

Maura Canning is married to Seamus. They have two children Craig an Ag Engineering student and Tegan who is on the Galway minor hurling team. They have a suckler and sheep farm near Loughrea. This  has been in Maura s family for three generations. Seamus also makes the famous Canning hurleys.

Michael Moroney

Chief Executive at  Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) Ltd

Michael Moroney is an Ag graduate from UCD. Michael  has had a long career in the agri-journalism and machinery sectors, including roles as  Farmers Journal machinery editor and, latterly, its vintage and motoring editor.

Martin Kavanagh

Well known Tipperary based Vet & Animal Health Consultant

Martin Kavanagh is a qualified veterinarian, Cow Signals® trainer and dairy herd health consultant to the animal health sector, Coops, farmers, feed industry etc.His clients include Alltech, Centenary Co-op, Farm Relief Services, Glanbia, Keenan, Munster Herd Health, MSD etc

Frank O’Sullivan

Chairman of “One Health” committee of Veterinary Ireland

Frank works as a vet based in Trim in a general practice. He graduated from UCD in 1983 with an MVB, MRCVS. He completed a Masters in Applied Sc. (Food), in UCD 1999 – part of which included a thesis entitled “Application of HACCP Systems: interface with GMP”.

Peter Gohery

Farm Accident Survivor & now Health and Safety Advisor

Peter Gohery farms near Eyrecourt in East Galway, an active member of the  IFA, a farm accident survivor and he also has a (B.Sc.), Environmental Health and Safety Management degree. Peter lost his leg in an accident with a PTO shaft on his diet feeder in 2009.He is also active with Embrace Farm.

James Staines

Staines Law

James Staines of Staines Law solicitors  has been providing solutions to clients in the agribusiness sector for over 25 years.

James has worked with the IFA, the Farmers Journal and a range of other agribusinesses and farmers.

He  advises  farmers on succession, wills, partnerships and long-term leasing to ensure that their interests are protected and working to bring the next generation into the Farm Business

Paula Hynes

Dairy Farmer

Paula is a mother of three daughters. She started farming in 2014 and runs a 180 cow pedigree Holstein herd working full time alongside Peter who was the Farming Independent farmer of the year 2017. Paula “Filmed The Hardest Harvest” documentary for RTE living as a Maasai in Kenya for two weeks in 2017. Also the TackleYourFeelings ambassador for Rugby Players Ireland & Zurich in their mental wellbeing campaign. Paula has raised  €20,000 + for charity over the last year.

Claire Marlet 

Claire Marlet has a Masters in International Business and Sustainable Development.

Claire works as Export director for the French company Sobac.

SOBAC develops natural solutions for soil health and fertility based on the action of micro-organisms. The aim is to make farm operations more eco-friendly and profitable.

In the 80’s, Marcel Mezy, a French farmer and researcher  created a complex of spontaneous micro-organisms that enhances soil humus .

Kevin McDonnell

Professor of Crop Science ad Biosystems Engineering

Specialising in agri machinery systems for crop production, precision agriculture, decision systems for agri data, renewable energy, and sustainable Ag production.

Kevin has over 130 published papers, and his research is funded by SFI, DAFM, H2020, Enterprise Ireland as well as directly from companies. Director of the Programme in Sustainable Energy & Green Technology in UCD.

 

Alan Jagoe

Farmer

Alan Jagoe is a dairy and cereal farmer in a family farm partnership with his father and brother on the south coast of Co. Cork.

 Alan was elected National President of Macra na Feirme  in 2011 for a two year term.

 In 2013 he was elected as a Vice President of CEJA – the EU Council of Young farmers, which represent 2 million young farmers . 

He was subsequently elected President of CEJA in September 2015 and has just recently finished his term. Alan also sits on the board of Teagasc. 

He is also involved with Agri-Aware who are educating the Irish public and schools on the importance of agri-food.

Tom Ryan

Farm Buildings & Machinery Consultant

Tom is originally from Emly, Co Tipperary, and up until recently he was based in Kildalton College, Piltown  with Teagasc. He has now retired and  now works as a Consultant.

Tom graduated from UCD in 1976 with a B.Agr.Sc. His role in Teagasc was in providing  support for colleagues on  farm buildings, especially design, drawings, specifications and construction quality. 

He also conducted the Irish Milk Quality Co-op Society (IMQCS) certified milking machine technician training courses for the dairy industry.Previously he worked as an adviser in South Tipperary 

Martin Ryan

Martin Ryan is  Technical Support Manager with  Gain Feeds and a board member of ICBF.

Previous to this he was Manager at Mid Tipperary Co-op Livestock Mart and Commercial Director at Barclay Chemicals Manufacturing Ltd. Also Agribusiness Director of the Greencore Group. 

Martin is a B.Agr.Sc graduate from UCD and has a Masters in Management Practice etc  from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

He is a Past President, Irish Charolais Cattle Society. Represented Ireland at World Charolais Congress on several occasions. And farms near Thurles in Co. Tipperary.

Doreen Corridon

Doreen  graduated from UCD with an MVB MRCVS in 1987, and received a PhD in cattle reproduction in 1990. In 2016 she obtained a Cert in Dairy Herd Health from UCD.  

 Doreen works with Munster AI where she advises  farmers on breeding, genetics and animal health issues.  Doreen is a strong advocate of herd health planning. 

She  has served on the board of ICBF  and is a member of their  Technical Advisory Group.

Along with her husband Tim and her daughter Katie, breed and show pedigree Limousin cattle  . Doreen is Chairperson of the Limerick Show  cattle committee.

James Greevey

James Greevy is Head of Product & Marketing with Herdwatch. James joined the team in May 2015 after graduating with an MSc in Business Management, and comes from a farm in Co. Roscommon. Herdwatch is the first truly mobile farm management app that allows farmers to record their compliance requirements on the spot. 

The app is cloud-based and also works fully offline, making a truly valuable farm tool.

Herdwatch is the No. 1 farm management app in Ireland with 6,000 customers.

Derry

Dillon

Derry Dillon, was elected President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) in September 2017.

A native of Co. Kerry, Dillon has worked with Macra na Feirme for a number of years and currently holds the role of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Manager.

A holder of a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from University College Dublin.

The ASA represents over 2,000 graduates in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, environmental and food sciences in Ireland.

Padraig Greenan 

Padraic Greenan and his wife Paula farm near Ardaghey in Co. Monaghan. He is a former Chairman of the Breffni Oriel IHFA club, a well-known pedigree Holstein breeder and was recently elected on to the Lacpatrick Co-op council. 

He has been farming in his own right since 2004.The Greenlea herd of 108 cows is 30% autumn calving and milk is supplied to Lacpatrick Coop. The cows are milked in a 20 unit hi tech parlour commissioned in March 2016. It has Auto ID, an ACR system and a feed to yield computerised system. 

Pat Griffin

Senior Inspector Health & Safety Authority

After working in underground mining for over 10 years Pat joined the HSA in 1991 as Inspector for Mines & Quarries. 

Following approx. 10 years doing Inspection & Accident Investigation type work in all sectors including mining, quarrying, construction and agriculture, Pat  went into a more prevention type role within the Authority.

  He has a particular interest in preventing child deaths on farms and influencing the national and EU approach to farm safety. 

 

Robin Talbot

He runs 220 Limousin cross suckler cows, taking all the progeny to beef. All males are finished as bulls under 16 months, heifers are finished at 20 months.

He has a strong emphasis on grassland management and making quality silage.

The concentrates fed on the farm are home-grown, with the exception of the wheat from a local farmer. The grain is treated with Maxammon after harvest and stored on the farm.

He is participating in GLAS while 12 acres of native woodland will be planted this autumn. 

Outside of farming, he is a season ticket holder with Leinster Rugby and keeps a vegetable garden.  

Robin is married to Ann Fitzgerald, an agricultural journalist and they have two children, Sarah (14) and Ruth (11).

Shay

Phelan

Shay Phelan, as a Crops Specialist, based at Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. 

Shay has been working as a Teagasc Tillage Business and Technology advisor, providing technical advice on tillage crops and potatoes, in counties Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Meath for many years. 

He also worked as a dairy advisor on the Teagasc & Glanbia programme. Shay has  an Hons B.Agr.Sc degree from UCD. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Farm Financial Management) from Waterford IT.

A native of  Laois, Shay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as an agronomist in cereals, break crops and potatoes.  

 

Peter

Byrne

Peter Byrne is CEO of FRS Network since 2012.He graduated with a B.Agr.Sc Hons Degree from UCD in 1975 and completed a M. Agr. Sc. in 1989.

His early career was as Adult Education Guidance Officer for Macra na Feirme in Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford from ’75 to 77.  He transferred to Laois, Offaly and Kilkenny in Jan ’78.

Peter was then given responsibility for researching the potential of relief milking groups in 1977 and subsequently transferred to work full time on this new venture during 1979.

The National Co-op Farm Relief Services was set up in 1980 and Peter became its first Manager. . 

FRS Networks now has  five divisions – farm services, fencing, recruitment, homecare and training, with a network of 20 offices  and 20,000 customers.

Clare O’Keefe

Succession Ireland

Clare O’Keeffe is a farmer and a mediator from Mallow. Her formal agri training career began in Kildalton, Co. Kilkenny and she was awarded the John Deere All Ireland Ag Student of the Year.

Clare has a B.A Degree in Economics & Sociology & a Diploma in Rural Isolation and Counselling skills. 

She was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2007, and researched Intergenerational Succession in Farm and Family Businesses. In Australia she studied Succession Planning under  Lynn Sykes, a renowned succession facilitator.

Succession Ireland was a finalist in the JFC Innovation awards for Rural Business in 2012. The Sunday Business Post, Farming Indpt and Farmers Journal have all extolled the virtues of mediation in family farm and business succession  

Ian McCluggage

Head of Dairying & Pigs Development Branch of CAFRE

Ian McCluggage is the son of a Co. Antrim dairy farmer. He has a B.Agr.Sc (Hons) and an M.Agr.Sc (Farm Business Economics) from Queen’s University Belfast. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science and of the Ulster Grassland Society. Ian has authored more than 80 technical publications.

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In 1984 Ian commenced work with the Dept. of Agriculture N. Ireland (DANI) initially as a general adviser, then dairy specialist and progressing to senior business consultant. He gained additional experience in the commercial world, spending several years in the private sector before returning to DARD in 1998.

In 1999 he became head of advisory / development work in the beef and sheep sector before becoming Head of Dairying & Pigs Development Branch in 2000 at the Greenmount Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

At Greenmount he is involved in evaluating a constructed wetland for handling dirty water from a 200 cow dairy unit. Other key areas of work include farm business development and new technology to improve competitiveness. This includes benchmarking, production systems, grass and business challenge, cow nutrition and milk compositional quality.