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Environment Friendly Farming: Examining the impact of intensified dairy farming on water quality


Cork, Ireland




Niall O’Regan hails from a dairy farm in Mallow in North Cork and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin. During his under graduate programme, he studied in the University of Otago in New Zealand for six months. Niall went on to complete an MSc in Strategic Management and Planning from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in UCD.

Niall spent the last six years working for LIC Ireland, initially as a Breeding Advisor and up until recently as Country Manager for the Irish subsidiary. He has since returned to farming in partnership with his parents. Niall is actively involved in the community with Macra na Feirme, along with a charities, Concern and Haven Partnership.

The expansion of the dairy sector in Ireland has the potential to bring about significant economic benefits for the Irish economy. However, with those benefits comes the risk to the environment and in particular, our water quality.  In order to fully realise the opportunities of the dairy industry, we should view water quality as an asset and as a risk factor, which needs to be better managed. International customers for our dairy produce insist that it is produced in an environmentally friendly manner from farm to processor.