Yara Ireland has appointed Stephen Mullin to its commercial team to cover Connacht and North Leinster in order to build its local on-farm presence in the regions.

Mullin, an Agricultural Science graduate of University College Dublin and holder of the BASIS qualification, will be based in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo.

Coming from a dairy background he gained additional dairying experience in New Zealand and has spent time on an intensive beef farm, according to Yara.

“There are so many challenges facing farmers today. Grass is a vital part of any livestock enterprise and remains the most cost-effective feed as grazing or conserved forage,” he said.

It requires careful attention to nutrition to optimise output and maximise returns in both yield and quality, now more than ever it is essential to get this right.

Yara’s Irish Business Manager Nicholas Morrison said that Yara is delighted to welcome Stephen to its expanding team in Ireland.

“Yara has an important role to play in helping farmers to improve both profitability and sustainability so that they continue in business in the future, and bringing in new skills and experience to our team is a vital part of this process.

“Stephen comes with a down to earth approach and sound local agriculture knowledge, gained during his time he spent with Aurivo Coop Society Ltd, based in the west of Ireland.

“Helping people strive for the best is second nature for him, he has a very keen interest in GAA and previously played, but following injury is now an enthusiastic coach training two local teams, an U18 team and a junior ladies team,” Morrison said.