November 7, 2019


Irish agriculture authority appoints cattle specialists



Ireland's Teagasc -- also known as the Agriculture and Food Development Authority -- has appointed two new cattle specialists, namely, Martina Harrington to cover the South East and Catherine Egan in the West and Midlands region, Irish Examiner reported in late October.


Pearse Kelly, head of the Teagasc Drystock Knowledge Transfer Department, said: "Martina and Catherine bring a vast amount of experience to these roles from working with a variety of farmers and stakeholders."


Harrington and Egan will join with the current Teagasc cattle specialist team of Pearse Kelly, Aidan Murray who covers the North and North West, and Alan Dillon, who is the programme manager to the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef programme, while also covering the south of the country.


Harrington will be based in Teagasc Oak Park. She is also the new programme manager of the Teagasc-Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef Challenge programme. She comes from a farming back ground in Birr, Co Offaly. She graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD in 2000 and later completed a Masters in Rural Environmental Conservation Management.


Egan will be based at Teagasc Mellows Campus. Athenry. She comes from a farming background in South Roscommon. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD in 2012 and completed a research Masters in Agri Science in 2013, focusing on low cost grass based systems.


She started her career in Teagasc on the Teagasc-Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef programme as an adviser to the farmers.


Since January 2018, she has worked as an advisor in the Teagasc Grass10 programme.


- Irish Examiner