Joe Healy is well known to farmers – but not just for his involvement in the IFA. His profile is high because of his roles elsewhere. These include chair of the commonage appeals committee, farm journalist, former Macra president, board member on the milk quota tribunal, Farmer Business Developments and the Western Commission – among others. He has a lot of outside experience.

Home is Greethill, outside Athenry in Co Galway, where Joe runs a dairy farm milking up to 90 cows, with plans to expand. He carries the offspring to 18 months and sells as stores. He and wife Margaret have three young children: Nicole, Kiara and Anna. Joe has a lifetime association with sheep and shearing but is concentrating on milk now.