As a result of the merger, new geographical areas have been drawn up for the team of Farm Liaison Officers.
Dr. Paul Crosson, Group Technical Support Manager. Paul has been a highly respected research scientist with Teagasc in Grange for the last ten years. His new role with LacPatrick starting in September will have a strong focus on enterprise viability, farm and customer assurance and the sustainable development of dairying throughout the Co-op heartland.
John Nelson, who has 25 years’ experience in the dairy industry covers the Armagh, Down Fermanagh areas.
Ivan Dunn, who also has 25 years’ experience, looks after suppliers in Tyrone, Antrim and Londonderry.
Pat Meehan, with experience of over 30 years will look after suppliers south of the border, in Cavan and Monaghan.
Majella McCafferty has joined LacPatrick as a Farm Advisor for its ROI suppliers. Originally from Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim, Majella has a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and a BSc (Honours) in Sustainable Agriculture.
Majella has extensive practical and technical experience working with dairy farmers in all areas of farming and advisory and is looking forward to meeting all of LacPatrick’s ROI suppliers over the coming months.
In the final year of her Veterinary Nursing degree, Majella was awarded the President’s prize for ‘Enterprising Student of the Year’ for demonstrating leadership and entrepreneurship by combining veterinary and agricultural experience to serve the farming community. Majella has also been awarded the Irish Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award for raising the profile of veterinary nurses through her work in veterinary practice with farming clients.
Majella has a keen interest in the behaviour of livestock and the identification of factors that negatively affect cattle performance. She has completed a study on “The psychological and physical effects of stress on milk and meat production in cattle”. Majella has a distinction in the FETAC/QQI Level 6 course Best Practice in Milking course. This course was developed by Teagasc, AHI and the FRS to develop milker skills to ensure that all cows are milked efficiently and effectively integrating top quality milk, food safety, herd health and dairy cow welfare.
Dean O’Neill has recently moved to a new role in the Farm Support Team having worked previously on milk intake at the Monaghan site. Dean is a graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology and Ballyhaise Agricultural College with a honours degree in Sustainable Agricultural Science. During this course he spent eight weeks on work placement in Town of Monaghan Co-op. Dean then joined the company on a permanent basis in May 2016 where he was milk intake supervisor on the Monaghan site. Since he joined the business as milk intake supervisor he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the operations and production side of the business. In this role, Dean worked very closely with the LacPatrick Quality Assurance team on the Monaghan site, preparing for detailed audits from our biggest customers. This have provided Dean with a strong awareness of the requirements sought out by the customers around milk quality at farm level.
Dean has now moved to the role of Farm Development Advisor where he will work closely with the Farm Support Team. Given the critical importance of quality assurance for our milk pool, Dean will initially focus on assisting our ROI suppliers achieve certification to the Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS).
All the Farm Liaison Officers make frequent visits to farms in their areas. If you are interested in joining LacPatrick, please do not hesitate to make contact directly with them.
Jennifer Prue is Milk Procurement Quality Manager, based at the Artigarvan site and has 15 years’ experience in this field. She oversees all aspects of milk quality, working closely with the FLO team, and when appropriate, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Quality Managers within each of our 3 sites. She also organises LacPatrick’s attendance at key events, and manages the production of the monthly LacPatrick newsletter for suppliers.