The ICOS dairy committee has elected John O’Gorman as its new chair following the retirement of Peter Fleming from the board.

O’Gorman is a dairy farmer from Clogheen, Co Tipperary, and is also chair of Dairygold Co-operative Society.

O’ Gorman has been a member of the ICOS dairy committee and board since 2018 and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management and a diploma in corporate direction, food business from UCC.

John O’Gorman.

TJ Sullivan, chair of Carbery Group and Drinagh Co-operative, has been appointed as a member of the ICOS dairy committee and board.

Pivotal time

Speaking after his election, O’Gorman said: “I’m honoured to have been elected at this pivotal time for the Irish dairy sector. Environmental sustainability challenges and Brexit uncertainty are firmly back on the agenda.”

“The requirement to produce safe, nutritious food with minimal environmental implications is one of the most pressing challenges facing the dairy sector.”

The dairy committee chair highlighted income volatility affecting primary producers and the implementation of the EU’s Veterinary Medicines Regulation as important issues of concern to ICOS members.

“I am confident the dairy sector can rise to these challenges through the continued adoption of good, efficient farming practices, alongside our carbon-efficient grass-based model of production, which is the cornerstone of the Irish dairy sector”, O’Gorman said.

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