I completed a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in the University of Limerick. Based on my farming background I always had an interest in Agriculture and Agricultural systems. I studied Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics and completed my final year project on the topic of the economic implications of part-time farming to the Irish Economy. I pursued this interest following college, where I completed a Masters in Agricultural Science with UCD and Teagasc. As part of my thesis I conducted a survey of 800 milk suppliers whereby I gathered data on their current farm profile (e.g. land area, cows and stock numbers, milking facilities, housing facilities etc) and collated their expansion potential in light of the abolition of milk quotas in 2015.
I joined the Dairygold Graduate Programme as a Supply Chain Graduate. Initially in worked in an accountancy / production related role whereby I dealt with the movement of product from manufacture to sale. As part of the Graduate Programme I was rotated to the Milk Advisory Division where on a daily basis I dealt with Dairygold milk suppliers. I am now working as a milk supplier systems advisor with Dairygold whereby I work with the Milk Advisory Team on projects such as the Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme and the annual collection of milk volume forecasts from suppliers. A major part of my role involves dealing with a wide range of requests from milk suppliers. I really enjoy communicating and dealing with farmers on a daily basis while working in an extremely vibrant and growing sector of the economy.
The Dairygold Graduate Programme has benefitted me significantly in that it has given me exposure and experience to a number of areas in the organisation. It has also allowed me to identify the area of the business and the type of work that best matches both my strengths and interests.