"It’s been a very quick three months since I declared for the presidency of Macra – they’ve flown by. You’re going from week to week, from event to event, constantly tallying, constantly on the phone organising,” Macra’s 36th president, James Healy, told the Irish Farmers Journal immediately after his election on Tuesday.

“Trying to coordinate that with a full-time job was fun, and I firstly thank my employer Wisetek for their understanding. They are allowing me a two-year leave of absence to serve as president, for which I’m grateful.