Teagasc has announced that it is looking for a new head of advisory services as Dermot McCarthy prepares to retire.
McCarthy, who is due to step down at the end of the month, had a long career at Teagasc and held several positions, including chief dairy specialist. A seasoned advisor, he led advisory services through a period of transition during the economic downturn.
The role is a heavy responsibility, as the incumbent is in charge of managing consultancy activities in 12 regional units, with a budget of approximately 30 million euros. The incumbent is also responsible for developing the organization’s consulting policies and ensuring their implementation through various business plans.
Throughout his tenure, McCarthy emphasized the technical aspects within advisory services. According to Teagasc, he incorporated focus groups into the program and promoted tools such as the Economic Breeding Index (EBI), the Profit Monitor € (ePM) and the Ireland Grazing Base (PBI).
Reflecting on McCarthy’s career, Teagasc said in a statement:
“Dermot has always been a strong ambassador for Teagasc’s brand of service, independence and quality, and the important role of advisory work in the continued development and support of the agriculture and agribusiness industry.”
More recently, McCarthy has also been instrumental in publishing a project on the history of counseling services in Ireland.
Applications are open until May 26 for the permanent position, which will be based at Teagasc’s headquarters in Oak Park, Co. Carlow.
Recently, Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue appointed Laois dairy farmer Donald Scully to the Teagasc Authority for a five-year term.
Scully was appointed to The Authority to replace Tommy Cooke, who resigned from The Authority after completing two terms.