Agriculture Minister learns from the best during visit to Limerick

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Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue visited the country’s top dairy farmers and arguably Ireland’s top agricultural college on a trip to Limerick.

The minister called Michael, Mary Ita and Alex McCarthy in Feenagh (pictured below). Last year the family were the big winners of the prestigious NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.

Prior to this, Minister McConalogue attended the Salesian Agricultural College where he officially unveiled a 50-unit Dairymaster Swiftflo rotary milking parlour.

The Donegal man was accompanied by representatives of the Salesians, the college board, principal Derek O’Donoghue, Teagasc and Dairymaster. Addressing the crowd, Minister McConalogue said the completion of this new facility represents “a significant investment in benefiting the future of farming in Ireland”.

He also paid tribute to everyone involved in the delivery of the rotary parlor during difficult and difficult times.

Mr O’Donoghue said the opening of the new facility is part of the college’s planned growth strategy.

“The numbers are increasing year on year and with more attractive facilities the plan is that this trend will continue to increase. The founding tradition of the college is to provide educational training based on real needs and employment opportunities. The economy will once again call for food needs and fortunately agricultural education is in high demand,” Mr O’Donoghue said.

Minister of State Niall Collins welcomed that the facility will attract national and international visitors to experience a world-class education and training facility.

He said the Salesian Agricultural College has been educating farmers for more than 100 years and this state-of-the-art rotary milking parlor shows they remain at the forefront of agriculture in 2022 and will continue to do so. long time.

“It is vitally important that the next generation of farmers – men and women – have the best equipment and training available to them,” said Minister of State Collins, who congratulated the Salesians, the college board and principal Derek O’ Donoghue. for making this major investment.

“We in County Limerick can be proud to have an agricultural college that lives up to the hard working local farmers, who bring food to our tables, contribute massively to our exports and support the economy. rural”, concluded the Minister of State.

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