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Frank Hynes

Sheep Specalist

Additional Details

Education

  • Leadership Development Programme (LDP) IMI &UCC 2017
  • Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) (Farm Financial Management), WIT 2003   
  • Master of Agricultural Science (M.Agr.Sc.) UCD 1989           
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc.) UCD 1986                        

Career

Sept 2006 – Date: Sheep Specialist, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway
Aug 2005-Aug 2006: Specialist Adviser, Teagasc Dawn Meats Partnership
Jan 2002-Aug 2005:  Commercial Dairy Adviser, Birr, Co. Offaly
Sept 1997 - Jan 2000:  Education Officer, Birr, Co. Offaly (Additional Responsibilities in Dairying establishing and co-ordinating 4 discussion groups and Dairy Husbandry Adviser, Naas, Co. Kildare
June 1995-Sept 1997:  Aug 1990-June 1995: Drystock Advisor, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
Jan 1988-Aug 1990: Training Officer, Macra Na Feirme
Oct 1986-Jan 1988: Research Demonstrator, Dept. of Ag. Extn. UCD

Activities & Outputs

Dissemination of information

  • Establishing, leading & supporting new and existing discussion groups – Countrywide; Developing resource material for farm walks / demonstrations – Countrywide; Writing newsletters, press articles, technical notes and articles for various magazines/leaflets; Attending, organising and presenting at seminars – Countrywide; Updating TEAGASC Client and T-net sites; Regular participant in national & local radio

Advisory Support

  • Providing In-service training to Teagasc staff (4 – 5 per year); Individual consultation with farmers & Teagasc staff; Providing technical support to Teagasc staff, industry, DAFM and stakeholders; Programme development..

Support EU & National Policies / Schemes 

  • Assisting in the development / completion of issues relating to SFP/Cross Compliance, TAMS, Nitrates; Rollout of new NSIS & Sheep Grassland Scheme, DAFM KT programme, Sheep Welfare Scheme

Industry Collaboration

  • Work closely with Sheep Industry Stakeholders, ensuring their active involvement in joint events both nationally and at local level. Contribute articles to National Agricultural media including Irish Farmers Journal and Farming Independent. (2 – 3/ year), Work closely with Sheep Ireland – particularly with a view to the role out / dissemination; Work closely with Teagasc colleagues to deliver an effective BETTER Sheep farm programme. Active involvement with Bord Bia; Department of Agriculture Food & Marine and UCD.

National Events:

  • National Ploughing
  • Sheep 2015 and Sheep 2012
  • Annual National Sheep Conferences both Hill and Lowland sectors.

Developing Decision Support Tools

  • Sward Stick for Grass measuring U-tube clips to educate target audience, Excel worksheets for various programmes;

Research (Applied)

  • Support Research Colleagues in various Research projects including establishment of Research Demonstration Farm at Athenry (Member of steering committee) and Phosphorous Project with a role of engagement with 5 participant farms;Technical Notes; Monthly Sheep Newsletters; Todays FarmArtcles; Irish Farmers Journal; Local/other Press; Irish Farming Independent; Sheep Breed Society Year Books,

Publications/Booklets:

  • Technical Notes
  • Monthly Sheep Newsletters
  • Todays FarmArtcles
  • Irish Farmers Journal
  • Local/other Press
  • Irish Farming Independent
  • Sheep Breed Society Year Books

Areas of Interest     

Lead technology transfer to Teagasc clients and the wider farming community.  Lead change through discussion group support and running large scale sheep events.  Provide training, coaching and mentoring plus technical support for agricultural advisers to give them confidence to perform their duties effectively. Support research projects and dissemination of research findings.  Articulate Teagasc Sheep Programme Priorities through printed media, radio interviews, one to one consultations and presentation at public events. Play full team role in development of National Dry-stock business plan, in particular the element relating to sheep. Stakeholder engagement to ensure the business plan reflects industry priorities.