Sean Cummins Nuffield Scholar 2012

Sean Cummins from Inistioge in Co Kilkenny is a dairy farmer. Having completed a PhD in dairy cow fertility in Teagasc, Moorepark, he returned to his first love, dairy farming. He is in a milk production partnership with his father. They operate a mixed beef (100 cattle) and dairy (70 cows) enterprise on a 67 ha farm. They expanded their dairy enterprise after EU milk quotas ended in 2015.

Sean travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and the Netherlands to study key mechanisms/platforms that best aid farmers to up-skill and manage larger herds, and/or changed farming enterprise, and adopted new technologies to ensure farm profitability.