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Drystock Knowledge Transfer

Department Objectives

  • Increase the profitability and competitiveness of Irish beef and sheep production systems
  • Improve the environmental sustainability of Irish beef and sheep production systems through improved nutrient use efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enhance the quality and safety of Irish beef and sheep meat
  • Assist in the delivery of new technologies to key stakeholders within the Irish beef and sheep industries
  • Contribute to the achievement of the targets set out in Food Wise 2025

Department Structure

  • 12 Regional Units
  • Over 50 Advisory Offices
  • 110 - 120 Drystock Advisers

Cattle Specialists 

Pearse Kelly (Head of Dept.), Aidan Murray, Karen Dukelow and Alan Dillon

Sheep Specialists

Michael Gottstein (Head of Sheep), Ciaran Lynch, Damian Costello

Specialised Advisers

John Greaney and Tommy Cox

Programme Administrator

Loreto Ferguson

Department Impact

Impact of the Drystock KT Department is achieved through:

  • In-service training of advisers
  • Joint Industry Programmes
  • KT discussion groups meeting 6-7 times per year
  • Major Open Days
  • Annual Conferences
  • Regular Publications
  • High number of on farm events annually  

Read more about the department Drystock (KT) (PDF)