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It was noteworthy to see the
Veterinary Council of Ireland take
stand space at the Ploughing
Championships. The Veterinary
Council of Ireland is the statutory
body responsible for the regulation of
veterinary medicines in the country.
While their approach was simple, it
was also engaging. There was a toy
vet clinic with a qualified veterinary
nurse in attendance, who explained
the operating process to the children
and parents alike. There were toy
animals on display for children to
try their hand at delivering a lamb
or piglet or perform an operation
on a dog. A very good initiative by
the organisation, who have a new
registrar in Niamh Muldoon.
New Press officer
joins Macra
We hear Stephanie Roy has joined
Macra na Feirme as Press and
Communications Manager. Stephanie,
who lives in Galway, has extensive
experience having worked as Chief of
Sta to the Minister for Education in
Canada. Canadian born Stephanie will
be responsible for briefing the media
and working with the 300 Macra clubs
around the country. She takes over
the role from Joe Co ey who recently
moved to RTÉ's Late Late show as a
researcher. We wish both of them well
in their new roles.
Front row: Jim O'Mahony
, Shay Grace
, Breed Brophy (for her father Tom Murray
Noel Delany
, Anthony Collins
and Dick Fitzgerald
. Second row: Tom Yates
Dermot Forristal
, Brian Ovington
, Tom Fingleton
, John Metcalfe
, David Butler
and John Hogan
. Third row: Donal Casey (for his father Don
), Brendan Dunne
, John Brophy (for his father Stan
), Jim Fox
and Michael McBennett
. Fourth
row: Trevor Storey
, Ivan Whitten
, Howard Dehaene (for his father Jaak
Michael Conry
, Jim McCarthy
and Hugh McDonnell
. Back rows: John O'Loughlin
, Eugene Ryan
, Tom McCabe
, Stuart Mathews
, Michael Phelan
, Sammy
, Mark Wilkinson
, John Stokes
and Andy Doyle
. Absent from the
photo are Michael Neenan
(RIP), P.K. Hanley
(RIP), Eamonn Gallagher
, Ferdia
(RIP), Tom Thomas
, Will Warham
, David Hasslacher
(RIP), Paddy
(RIP), Bill Curran
, Gerry Bird
(RIP), Michael Hannon
, Fred Lynch
Michael Higgins
, Barry O'Reilly
, Stuart Goodwin
and Tim O'Donovan
ITLUS marks 50 years of progress
ITLUS (Irish Tillage and Land Use
Society) is celebrating its 50 year
anniversary this year. A special
summer meeting to honour the
work of the society was held in
Carlow with a roll call of contributors
to Irish tillage over the last 50
years including growers, advisors,
researchers, specialists and the trade
in attendance.
The event included the launch of
the ITLUS-commissioned book:
Irish Tillage and Land Use Society
"Co-operation for Progress" The
First 50 Years. It details the activities
of the Society and has articles
outlining developments in tillage,
agriculture and society from 1969
to 2019 as Ireland transitioned
from a low-input mixed-farming
economy to a dynamic industry
including a high input, world class
tillage sector. The publication was
supported by the FBD Trust and,
as well as recording the Society's
activities over the years, also includes
articles on Irish weather and land
use, trends in Irish agriculture, the
cereal seed industry, mechanisation
and soil testing through the
decades and 50 years of cereal
disease control. One particularly
interesting article was penned by
Michael McBennett, reminiscing
on his farming experiences over
the past 60 years. Bagenalstown-
based former ITLUS president Hugh
McDonnell and the family of the late
Stan Brophy provided the venues
for the Society's farm visits during
their 50
Anniversary Summer
gathering. Stan Brophy from Tullow,
Co Carlow was the first President
of ITLUS. Stan was a firm advocate
of cross-sectoral cooperation and
also served as a president of the Irish
Grassland Association in 1970-71. Past
presidents of the Irish Tillage and Land
Use Society spanning 50 years, or
their family representatives, attended
the special golden jubilee celebration
in Carlow earlier this summer.