Brendan Lawlor, a dairy farmer from Co. Kerry, has been elected as the new chairman of agribusiness services firm Ifac.

Having been a client of Ifac for 41 years, the dairy farmer from Ballybunion will now chair the firm for a two-year term.

Brendan has served on many boards of management including completing a full-term as an ifac board member.

According to Ifac, he received an Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) nomination in 2019 that has been renewed for a second two-year term, and he recently completed a six-year term as an IFA farm business representative for Kerry. The firm adds:

“Brendan runs a herd of 80 British Friesian cows and followers along the Wild Atlantic Way. Ahead of its time, over a decade ago, he installed a micro-wind turbine that now produces approximately 70% of his farm’s electrical needs.

Brendan succeeds Mayo farmer and long-standing member of the committee, Sean Clarke, who has served as chairman of Ifac for two terms since 2017.

Frank Evans will serve as vice-chair of Ifac, representing the Cavan and Monaghan region. The dairy and poultry farmer has been a member of Ifac since 1987 and has just completed his sixth year on the Ifac board after joining in 2015.

Commenting on his election, new Ifac chairman Brendan Lawlor said:

“It’s a great privilege to have been elected as chairman of Ifac and to be a part of the firm’s evolution over the next couple of years.

“Despite the pandemic, Ifac is continuing to grow and expand its services to support Irish farmers with their day-to-day decision making and planning for the future.

“With a growing network of offices and expert advisors all across the country, Ifac remains at the very heart of the Irish farming community,” the new chair claimed.

“It is well placed to provide the guidance farmers need to face existing and future challenges, with the shared goal of creating sustainable and profitable businesses,” he added.