Seamus O’Mahony from Kilbrittain in West Cork became the 70th President of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) at at the association’s annual AGM on 13th September, 2019. 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.
Seamus is currently Head of Commercial (Agri Business) with 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 traveling across Brazil, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Holland, UK, Ireland and Finland.
Seamus will also graduate with a Diploma in High Performance leadership in the coming 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 including cutting silage, spring cultivation, sowing and spraying.He now maintains a small farm with a stock of beef cattle with the help of his wife Ruth and his eldest son James. and helps out at home with his family agribusiness when he gets the opportunity Seamus met his wife Ruth who is also 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 heavily involved in his local community through underage coaching in his local GAA club and participating in the Bandon Dairymis Discussion Group.
Speaking about his Presidency Seamus said, “I am honoured to take on the mantle of ASA President today. 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.”