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New Teagasc Advisory Regional Managers Appointed

New Teagasc Regional Advisory Managers have been appointed in Mayo and in the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal region. Vivian Silke has taken up the management post in the Mayo advisory region, while James Keane is now the Teagasc Regional manager for the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal region. Teagasc managers lead the delivery of Teagasc advisory services to farmers and the delivery of educational courses in the regional education centres.

Vivian Silke has recently worked as a cattle knowledge transfer specialist in Teagasc covering the West and Midlands region. In this role he helped cattle farmers and the wider beef industry to increase the adoption of technology at farm level to improve performance on farms. He has worked with Teagasc research teams, with advisors and specialists to develop the Teagasc beef programme.

From farming background in North Galway, Vivian Silke co-ordinated the Beef Data Genomics Programme training courses nationwide during 2016 & 2017. He then moved to a role as a cattle specialist for Teagasc. He previously worked as a Teagasc Business and Technology Drystock advisor in both Galway and Clare. He began his career with the organisation in 2000, initially based in Athenry where he worked on the Galway Cattle Development Programme in conjunction with the IFA and livestock marts in Galway. He qualified with a B.Agr.Sc from UCD and then completed a Masters in Reproductive Physiology. He also completed a Higher Diploma in Financial Management with WIT in 2006.  

Speaking following his appointment Vivian Silke said: “I am really looking forward to working with the farming community in Mayo. We have a strong team of advisors in the county and there are some great progressive farmers in the region doing a really good job in beef, sheep and dairying. The preservation and maintenance of family farms in the West of Ireland is crucial and Teagasc will work with all agencies to ensure this. Our education courses are well run with the emphasis on the practical knowledge of farming and this will provide a solid group of well-trained farmers in the region which should maintain family farms and rural communities into the future.”

James Keane was the regional manager in Mayo for the past year having worked previously as a cattle knowledge transfer specialist in Teagasc covering the West and Midlands region. He takes over in the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal region from Ben Wilkinson, who has retired after a long and distinguished career with Teagasc.

James Keane is from a farming background in county Leitrim. He qualified with a B.Agr.Sc from UCD and then completed a Masters in Environmental Science. He began his career with Teagasc in 2001 initially based in Cavan and more recently as a Teagasc Business and Technology Drystock advisor in Longford.