He is also closely involved in the family beef farm in Co. Limerick, finishing around 200 cattle per year. These are mainly purchased as weanlings and slaughtered as steers at around 24 months of age.
Joe graduated with a first class honours degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin in 2002, and has previously worked as a beef nutrition advisor and in management in the beef processing industry.
Joe’s study topic on “Enabling Ireland to become the leading producer of quality beef from the dairy herd” is of particular interest because Ireland’s national dairy herd was expanding rapidly after the end of milk quotas. Joe studied best-practice internationally in rearing, production, processing and marketing of beef from the dairy herd. He visited New Zealand and Australia, as well as the UK and Continental Europe and Russia on his study topic.