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JANUARY 2019
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New Munster
appointment at Germinal
Germinal Ireland has recently appointed Meath native
Bill Reilly to a Technical Sales Manager role. Formerly
of Germinal GB, and prior to that the Agriculture and
Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Bill is originally
from a sheep farm in Drumree, County Meath. He holds
a degree in Agricultural Science, specialising in Animal
and Crop Production from UCD and also has a Masters in
Arable Crop Management from University of Essex.
Bill was involved in research projects with AHDB prior
to his role as Technical Sales Manager for Germinal
GB, covering South England and Wales. In his new role
with Germinal Ireland, Bill will cover the Munster region
providing technical support to customers and farmers.
ASA's `Emerging Leaders' Development Programme
The `Emerging Leaders' programme aims to
enhance and fast-track the competencies of
individuals in management positions who will
become future leaders in the industry.
Amii McKeever, ASA President said: "A recent ASA
survey of professionals working within the agri-
food industry highlighted the ongoing demand
for continuous professional development in order
to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge. One
of the key components of the `Emerging Leaders'
programme will be a focus on leading through
change including managing stakeholders and
motivating sta , all elements which will be key as
we continue to navigate unchartered waters on
the global market."
The bespoke programme was developed by ASA
in conjunction with HPC Global. It has also been
subsidised by Macra Agricultural Skillnet.
The programme, aimed at individuals in
management positions, will include three
modules which will focus on The Role of
a Leader, Personal E ectiveness and Managing
Performance.
Registration is confined to current ASA members and will
be taken on a first come first serve basis. Should demand
require it, a second session will be added in 2019 and the
programme will run again in 2020 and 2021.
2nd phase of Johne's
programme begins
The second phase of Johne's Disease control
programme has commenced. The new programme
will run for a period of four years and will be funded
by farmers, processors and the State. Registrations
commenced in December. The key elements
of the programme include whole herd testing,
veterinary risk assessments and ancillary testing
where required. The Department of Agriculture,
Forestry and the Marine is contributing a total of
600,000 euro in 2019 towards the new programme
on a cost sharing basis and this contribution will
rise in the following years as the numbers of
participants increase. While no definitive link has
been established between Johne's in livestock and
the occurrence of Crohn's Disease in humans, there
are tentative indications of a possible linkage. A
comprehensive control system for Johne's Disease
is seen as necessary so that Irish animal health
protocols in relation to the disease at least match
those of other countries.
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