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Teagasc Appoint New Head of Drystock Knowledge Transfer Department

Teagasc has appointed Pearse Kelly as Head of its Drystock Knowledge Transfer Department. His appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority today Wednesday, 5 June. He will lead a team of beef and sheep specialists in the organisation.

He holds a Degree in Agricultural Science and a Masters in Reproductive Physiology from University College Dublin. He also holds a Certificate in Education and Training from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Higher Diploma in Farm Financial Management from the Waterford Institute of Technology. He is a past president of the Irish Grassland Association.

A native of Arklow, in County Wicklow, Pearse has worked as a beef specialist in Teagasc for the past 14 years where he has focused on transferring technical information  on grassland, breeding, financial management and animal health, onto farms. He previously lectured in the Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College and was responsible for the sheep and beef units at the college.

Speaking after his appointment Pearse Kelly said: “The beef and sheep discussion group schemes for farmers are proving to be a success for both the farmers participating and the advisers facilitating the groups. It has focussed the groups on the key issues driving output on drystock farms. The low profitability on drystock farms is a challenge and increasing the beef and sheep output on these farms is one of the main priorities.”

Congratulating Pearse on his appointment, Head of Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc, Dr Tom Kelly said:” The targets set out in Food Harvest 2020 are challenging. The Teagasc drystock knowledge transfer department will provide a strong technical programme, led by Pearse, for Irish cattle and sheep farmers“.