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Dairygold
pushes
universal milk
recording
Dairygold has introduced
a new bonus payment for
milk suppliers to encourage
milk recording and improve
herd health and milk
production sustainability.
Bonus payments will be
made to Dairygold milk
suppliers who participate
in milk recording and herd
health programmes.
Within the Dairygold
supplier base, milk-
recorded herds currently
produce, on average, 50kg
more solids, per cow,
per year, than non-milk
recorded herds which
is potentially worth an
additional 23,650 per
annum for a 100-cow herd.
Milk suppliers who
participate in milk
recording will receive a
0.1cpl bonus and another
0.05cpl bonus for those
who join Munster Cattle
Breeding Group's Herd
Health programme.
Together with the existing
0.1cpl SDAS bonus this will
mean a total of 0.25cpl in
sustainability related bonus
payments for milk suppliers
on top of the existing milk
quality bonus of 0.4cpl.
Speaking at the launch
event, Dairygold Chairman,
John O'Gorman said:
"The new Milk Supplier
Sustainability Bonus
continues our work as
we aspire to have all
our suppliers involved in
both Milk Recording &
Herd Health, all the time
aiming for Sustainable
Dairy Farming to create an
environment where our
milk suppliers can produce
milk in a more sustainable
manner".
FEBRUARY 2019
Upfront
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Obituary: The life and legacy of Johnny
O'Shea Piltown Co. Kilkenny
Johnny O'Shea was a true Christian who always
wanted to make a contribution to humanity and
improve the lot of all he encountered. Johnny
was a visionary leader, a great entrepreneur,
an innovator and a disciplined planner/
manager as well as a generous benefactor. His
contributions are evident in the family business,
in the esteem with which he is held in the potato
and vegetable sectors, in his native Piltown
community and also amongst the struggling
rural people in Arba Minch in Ethiopia, where
John O' Shea supported the Vita charity in
helping local farmers to become sustainable through growing potato crops.
Johnny was 65 when he died peacefully on the 8th October 2018, having
battled with leukaemia for over a year. Multitudes turned up to pay tribute to
`Piltown's Finest' for the wake and funeral mass which was befitting this iconic
character. As Seamus, his brother, said on behalf of the family: "Thank you
Johnny. You lived for us, not for yourself". Johnny O'Shea will be sadly missed
by his family and sta at O' Shea Farms/Iverk Produce as well as his personal
and business colleagues including myself. Ar Dheis De go raibh a h'ainm.
(Jim O'Mahony)
Gary McGann on Banks, Bets and Buns
Last month the Pendulum Summit took place in Dublin, with Gary McGann as one
of the more prominent participants. In an interview with Richard Curran, McGann,
a former director of Anglo Irish Bank, and current chairman of food company
Aryzta, described the Anglo board as `not being up to the job'.
He also commented on his role in Aryzta, and was quoted as saying "I like a
challenge, but I am not a masochist". Mr McGann said companies should, in his
opinion, have directors from diverse backgrounds, adding that in some sectors
deep industry knowledge is required.
While his comments in that instance referred to his time in the toxic bank, he was
hardly blinkered when he took on the job as chairman of Aryzta. Mr McGann has
extensive experience having previously worked as CEO of Smurfit Kappa and Aer
Lingus, and is the current chairman of Paddy Power/Betfair. As Aryzta chair, Gary
McGann inherited a top class board of directors from diverse backgrounds. That
talent has since been augmented. Shortly after taking up his role in Aryzta there
was a change of management with Owen Killian leaving and, after a short period,
Kevin Toland taking on the CEO role at the beleaguered company.
The chairman's letter to Aryzta shareholders in the 2018 annual report includes
this update: "While we have characterised 2018 as a di cult year, your Board is
resolute in its belief in the inherent strengths of our business and the quality of
our franchise. The challenges we face are greater than we originally thought and
will take time to work through. The steps we have taken in 2018 are intended to
address these challenges. They are also intended to provide stability and, in time
deliver both performance and growth".
Shareholders last year narrowly approved an 800 million rights issue that the
company hopes will restore confidence in the food giant.
Clearly Gary McGann has the experience to take on the challenge of restoring
Aryzta's fortunes. It will be interesting to see how the company will perform in
the next 12 months under his guidance. Seriously out-of-pocket shareholders will
surely be hoping for some improvement in share value.
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