ICMSA reveals appointment of new policy officer

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has announced the appointment of Méabh Dore to its staff.

The incoming appointee will work as policy officer and executive secretary to two of the organisation’s farm committees.

Dore grew up on the family suckler farm in Shanagolden, Co. Limerick, and graduated as a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD in 2018 having completed a semester in Iowa State University.

She was a Teagasc Walsh scholar and completed her Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation, finishing in the last month.

Her dissertation title was “An investigation into pathways for non-replacement dairy calves and attitudes of stakeholders in the Limerick area”.

Commenting on the appointment, ICMSA president Pat McCormack said Dore is “perfectly positioned” to bring cutting-edge research and data to the formulation of the association’s policy.

“We are determined to have the best data and best researchers because that gives us the best policies and best solutions for our farmer-members.”

Dore will serve as executive secretary to the ICMSA Livestock Committee, chaired by Des Morrison, and the ICMSA Farm and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Denis Drennan.

She will replace Aine O’Connell, who recently left the organisation to take on the role of dairy executive with the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA).