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Teagasc Appoint New Sheep Specialist

Teagasc has appointed a new Sheep Knowledge Transfer specialist to cover the western region. Damian Costello will be based at the Teagasc centre in Athenry and will work with advisors and farmers in the main sheep producing counties in the country.

Teagasc Appoint New Sheep Specialist
Damian Costello New Sheep Specialist appointed

Teagasc has appointed a new Sheep Knowledge Transfer specialist Damien Costello to cover the western region.

Teagasc has appointed a new Sheep Knowledge Transfer specialist to cover the western region. Damian Costello will be based at the Teagasc centre in Athenry and will work with advisors and farmers in the main sheep producing counties in the country.  

Damian qualified with a B.Agr.Sc (Animal and Crop Production) from University College Dublin. He went on to complete a M.Agr.Sc also at UCD. He joined Teagasc in 1996, initially working as a REPS advisor in counties Clare and Galway. He went onto work as a Drystock Business and Technology advisor, a role he has carried out from the Teagasc Athenry advisory office.

Following his appointment as a Sheep Knowledge Transfer specialist, Damian Costello said: “There are many challenges facing sheep producers, but there are technologies, which if adopted by farmers, could improve their businesses. The farmers in the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep programme have been early adopters, and the benefits of incorporating best practices on-farm, are evident for all to see.  This coupled with the research results emerging from the Teagasc national sheep research centre in Athenry will provide the ‘know how’ to drive the sheep business forward in Ireland.”

Pearse Kelly, Head of the Drystock Knowledge Transfer Department in Teagasc said: “Damian brings a wealth of technical experience to this role, having worked with an extensive client list of farmers as a B&T advisor. This coupled with his knowledge of environmental issues and his involvement in national and international research networks will provide strong additional knowledge to the sheep specialist team in Teagasc.