Professor Michael Diskin, Head of the Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Research Department and Sheep Enterprise Leader, is the 2018 winner of the Teagasc Gold Medal.
The Teagasc Gold Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a member of staff who has made an exceptional contribution to Teagasc and to the agriculture and food sectors.
Michael has been in charge of the Teagasc, Mellows Campus, in Athenry Co. Galway for 14 years and has a strong national and international scientific reputation as a reproductive physiologist, particularly working with beef cattle. In 2008, in recognition of his Scientific achievements, he was appointed adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine in UCD.
At the Teagasc Authority meeting in Ballyhaise Agricultural College, County Cavan, Teagasc Chairman, Liam Herlihy, presented Michael with the Gold Medal, and commented: “Michael Diskin has had an outstanding career in Teagasc as a scientist and as a manager, where he has displayed huge dedication to the agriculture industry and to Teagasc. He has had a long, varied and distinguished career in Teagasc and we thank him for all he has contributed to the advancement of animal reproductive physiology and the Irish farming industry. He is a very worthy recipient of the Teagasc Gold medal.”
Accepting the Gold Medal award, Michael said; “Teagasc is a team-based organisation and I am fortunate and privileged to have worked with many teams of excellent people during my career. I am delighted to accept this award and I receive it on behalf of all of my current and past Teagasc colleagues in Athenry and in other Teagasc centres that I had the privilege to work with. I want to thank all the farm, technical, research, advisory, specialist and administrative staff.”
The Teagasc Gold Medal is recognition for advancing the work of Teagasc and is aimed at encouraging high performance and promoting excellence. Previous distinguished winners of the Teagasc Gold Medal are: Professor Liam Donnelly, Dr Paul Cusack, Nuala King, Professor Paul Ross, Dr Lance O’Brien, Christy Watson, Professor Tim Guinea, Dr Padraig O’Kiely, Billy Kellegher, and Connie Conway.