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Teagasc Appoint New Beef Systems Scientist

Teagasc has appointed Adam Woods as Beef Systems Scientist based at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath His appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority yesterday 4th February.

Adam holds an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science and a Master Degree in Reproductive Physiology from University College Dublin. He has also completed a Higher Diploma in Leadership Development at the Irish Management Institute. He is a current council member of the Irish Grassland Association.

A native of Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Adam has worked as a beef specialist in Teagasc managing the Teagasc/Irish Farmers Journal BETTER Farm Beef Programme where the focus is on the integration of technical information on grassland management, breeding, financial management and animal health, into the beef farming system . He was also actively involved in organising open days and discussion groups as part of the BETTER farm beef programme

Speaking after his appointment Adam Woods said: “In my role as Beef Systems Scientist I will undertake beef systems research at Grange in partnership with my research colleagues to acquire new knowledge which will improve beef farm profitability. In addition, I will have a key role in providing leadership to beef farmers and the industry in identifying the most profitable systems and innovations for use on beef farms. This will be done in partnership with my research and specialist colleagues and beef farmers. Both the Derrypatrick herd in Grange and the demonstration herd in Athenry will be used to develop new innovation in suckler beef production. The low profitability on drystock farms is a significant challenge and increasing output on these farms with a particular focus on increased grass production and utilisation is one of my main priorities.”

Congratulating Adam on his appointment, Head of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme in Teagasc Dr Pat Dillon said: ‘That the profitability of suckler beef production in Ireland can be increased significantly by reducing production costs and increasing output. Adam, along with the team at Grange are committed in developing higher profit suckler beef production systems for Irish beef farmers,’