On March - ,
, University College Dublin (UCD) Lyons Farm hosted over Leaving
Cert Agricultural Science students for Agri Aware's Farm Walk and Talk series. Students
from across Leinster and Connaught visited UCD's Lyons Farm to gain real-life experience
of working farms and hear talks from leading agri-food industry experts. The event at UCD
Lyons Farm included demonstrations and presentations from School of Agriculture and
Food Science lecturers and researchers as well as a variety of Agri Aware patrons who
provided industry and curriculum linked talks. Pictured are Zarina Tallon, St Leo's College,
Carlow; Deirdre O'Shea, executive director, Agri Aware; and Stephen Lott, chief livestock
o icer, UCD Lyons Farm. Photo: Pat Moore.
Agri exhibition glut
Irish agriculture is well served in terms of the number of
exhibitions and shows devoted to farming themes. The
traditional county shows, including Iverk and Cork, have
experienced a renaissance in recent years, with widespread
support from farmers, the general public and agri companies.
Tullamore Show has defi ned itself as the premier livestock
show in the country. Millstreet and Emerald Expo cater for
pedigree dairy stock, with Emerald kicking off the season
at the Virginia Showgrounds on April 28. Meanwhile, the
National Ploughing Championships has performed the
diffi cult task of appealing to everyone with one of the most
diverse showcases of agriculture-related exhibitions to be
found anywhere internationally. At this stage, quite a few
of the Ploughing exhibitions have only a tenuous, or no,
relationship to frontline farming, but that is part of the
attraction of the whole thing.
The latest addition to the wealth of agri exhibitions is Farmex.
Scheduled to be held on June 15 in the RDS, the 'Business of
Farming' conference and exhibition has ambitious targets in
terms of people expected to attend. The event is organised by
Total Expo, which has extensive experience in running trade
shows. This is its fi rst venture in the agri-sector. The Farmex
show aims to target around 9,000 agricultural students,
farm management personnel and family farmers. The format
will include trade stands and seminars. The organisers have
appointed well know agri-PR man Liam De Paor as events
manager for the show.
Among the speakers already confi rmed are Pat Smith,
managing director, Local Power; Gabriel Darcy, CEO,
Lacpatrick Co-op; Mairead McGuinness, MEP; and Matt
O'Keeff e, editor,
Irish Farmers Monthly
Farm Walk and Talk
First farm safety task force convenes
The fi rst meeting of a task force that will explore possible
policy changes to assist the agricultural sector in improving
its safety record convened recently.
The task force, which was chaired by Minister of State for
Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market
and Data Protection, Pat Breen, comprises representatives
from various Government departments and State agencies,
who are identifi ed as having a role to play in deciding on the
appropriateness of certain policy changes.
These changes were suggested by agricultural sector
representatives following Minister Breen and Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed's meeting
with those organisations in May 2017.
It is expected that the task force will meet again and fi rm
proposals will emerge. Minister Breen will also discuss a
number of actions arising from this meeting with Minister
Creed. Minister Breen is calling on farmers to stay safe,
think about their actions and consider work practices on a
New directors appointed to board of Coillte
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has
announced the appointment of two new directors to the board of
Coillte. The appointees are Eamon King and Gerard Gray. Both have
been appointed for a fi ve-year period eff ective from February 26, 2018.
The appointments were made following a competitive process managed
by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Making the announcement,
Minister Creed said: "I am pleased to appoint Eamon King and
Gerard Gray to the board of Coillte. Both appointees have a wealth of
knowledge and experience, which I am sure will enhance the skillset
of the board and will contribute to the leadership, development and
strategic direction of the company. "Coillte has engaged in a signifi cant
restructuring programme over the last number of years and I am sure
that the board will continue its work to ensure that the company is able
to continue its strong performance of recent years."