Agri-food industry titan to headline Nuffield Ireland conference

Maintaining our social license to farm, protecting water quality and attracting and retaining farm staff among the topics to be presented by returning Nuffield scholars 

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24th October 2018: Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Ireland (Nuffield Ireland) today announced that one of Ireland’s most visionary agri-food leaders, Denis Brosnan, will deliver the keynote address at the Nuffield Ireland conference on Friday 16th November 2018 in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin. Former CEO and Chairman of the Kerry Group, Denis Brosnan is credited as the driving force behind the success of the multinational food and ingredients company. He has also Chaired organisations in many other business sectors including equine, sport, community and healthcare and is a successful bloodstock breeder.

Nuffield Ireland is an independent organisation which identifies future leaders in the Irish agricultural sector and through scholarships, featuring international travel, facilitates their ambition to bring about meaningful change. The Irish organisation is part of a valuable global network through its linkages with Nuffield International.

Geoff Dooley, Chairman Nuffield Ireland said, “We are truly honoured that Denis Brosnan has agreed to deliver the keynote address at our upcoming conference in what we understand will be one of his last public addresses. Nuffield Ireland is all about the development of future leaders for our industry and what better role model could we have than Denis Brosnan, one of Ireland’s most respected business leaders? Denis’s name is synonymous with Ireland’s agri-food success story as a result of his leadership and vision at the Kerry Group. We are sure that current, past and future Nuffield scholars will have a lot to gain from his insights and expertise and we greatly looking forward to welcoming him to our event on November 16th.”

The 2018 Nuffield Ireland conference, sponsored by MSD Animal Health, will also hear from six returning 2017 Nuffield scholars who have completed their travels and will present the findings of their Nuffield reports. These include:

·      Eamon Sheehan: Microbial management and its importance in the Dairy and Beef industry

From a suckler farm in Kilkenny, Eamon converted to Dairy five years ago. He travelled to Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Germany, UK, USA, Holland and France to gain insights for his Nuffield studies. Eamon’s report offers recommendations for how the industry can proactively develop strategies to deal with the challenge presented by anti-microbial resistance.

·      Ed Payne: Farmers responsibility to become more competitive and sustainable employers
From Galway and living in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, Ed along with his Dad runs a dairy enterprise. Ed travelled to USA, Canada, India, Qatar, Turkey and the UK as part of his Nuffield Scholarship and his report focusses on what farmers can do to address the labour shortage by creating a place of work that people will want to work in.

·      Owen Brodie: The role co-ops play in encouraging viable dairy farming in marginal areas
From a spring calving dairy farm in Co. Cavan, Owen travelled to Brazil, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, UK and USA to gain insights for his Nuffield studies. His report explores the role dairy farming plays in the social and economic fabric of rural communities and the benefits of farmers and co-ops working together for all.

·      Niall O’Regan: Improving Nutrient Management and Protecting Water Quality
From a dairy farm in Mallow Co. Cork, Niall travelled to South Africa, Netherlands, Holland, France, UK, Brazil, US, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Kenya as part of his Nuffield Scholarship. His report focusses on the challenge water quality poses to the dairy industry and the lessons which can be learned from key global competitors.

·      Lorcan Allen: A Licence to Farm – how Irish agriculture can maintain its social licence to operate
Currently a journalist at the Irish Farmers Journal, Lorcan Allen hails from a suckler farm in Moate, Co. Westmeath. Lorcan travelled to USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Italy and Netherlands to gain insights for his Nuffield studies. His report investigates the present-day disapproval that societies in many countries now have towards farmers and agriculture and the steps that the industry can take to counteract this.

·      Bryan Hynes: Models for managing multiple dairy units in Ireland – Profitable dairy expansion
From a beef farm in Clarinbridge in County Galway, since 2012 Bryan runs a dairy farm in partnership with his neighbour. For his Nuffield Scholarship, Bryan travelled to Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa where he visited dairy farms who had expanded by taking on multiple dairy units. His report explores how this approach is best managed and the considerations for Irish dairy farms.

Nuffield Ireland Conference Dinner

On the evening of the conference, the Nuffield Ireland Conference Dinner, sponsored by AIB Bank, will take place in the same location. This event provides a valuable networking occasion for scholars to share insights and experience during and after their scholarships.

Tickets & Information

Tickets for the conference and dinner are on sale now via the www.nuffield.ie website. Spaces are limited so interested delegates are advised to book now to avoid disappointment. For further information follow @NuffieldIreland on twitter or join the conversation on #NuffieldAg.

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Gemma Smyth