Seamus O’Mahony from Kilbrittain in West Cork became the 70th president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) at the association’s annual AGM last week.
Seamus is a longstanding member of the ASA and takes over from Amii McKeever following a successful annual conference at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, attended by more than 300 agri-food professionals.
Anne-Marie Butler, Senior Agricultural Manager at Ulster Bank was appointed as Vice-Chair of the association.
Seamus is currently Head of Commercial (Agri-Business) at Dairygold having previously held a number of positions at Barryroe Co-operative.
He graduated from UCD with a B. Agr.Sc in 1998 and went on to complete a Master’s in Animal & Crop Production in 2000 and a Diploma in Corporate Direction (Food Business) & Co-operative Management in 2007 Seamus is also a recent Nuffield International Scholar which involved studying co-op models and global food supply chains while travelling across Brazil, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Holland, UK, Ireland and Finland; he will graduate with a Diploma in High-Performance leadership this week.
Seamus grew up on a dairy farm and worked in the family agri-contracting business from a young age, serving the farmers of west Cork. He now maintains a small beef farm with the help of his wife Ruth and his eldest son James. and helps out at home with his family agri-business when he gets the opportunity.
He met his wife Ruth — who also holds an M.Agr.Sc — while studying at UCD and the couple have four children: James (11), Kate (9), Tom (5) and Niall (2).
Seamus is involved in his local community through underage coaching in his local GAA club and participating in the Bandon Dairymis Discussion Group.
‘Falling short of our targets’
Speaking about his Presidency Seamus said, “I am honoured to take on the mantle of ASA President. I believe that the association can play a vital role in upskilling agri-professionals and in preparing our graduates for the many challenges facing our sector.”
“Although Ireland is making great strides in recent years to meet sustainability goals, we are still falling short of our targets.”
“Our Agricultural Science graduates will continue to play a key role in innovating and the applying science to help reduce our impact on the planet while sustaining safe nutritious food for everyone.” he concluded