Dawn Farms

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Description: Dawn Farms is the leading dedicated cooked, fermented and dried-meat ingredient supplier in Europe , it offers a one stop shop in B2B customised cooked and fermented meat proteins for the pizza, sandwich and ready meals sectors. Dawn Farms’ products are produced at its two facilities on its food campus in Naas Co. Kildare and at its cooked bacon facility in Northampton and in total over 1,000 people are employed. Over 90% of output is exported to more than 40 countries worldwide and the company is the preferred supplier to the world’s top QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) and food manufacturers.

Food innovation is an essential element of the business. Every facility operates a best-in-class Meat Science and Innovation Centre. Two key consumer trends identified through our in-house NECTAR stage-gate innovation process are the ‘quest for health and wellness’ and ‘sustainable lives’. These trends are incorporated in all new product development, resulting in all products being 100 per cent free from artificial colours, hydrogenated fats, palm oil, nuts and MSG. All products are produced under the company’s enhanced Food Plus + science based food safety programme , the company is a founding member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme and is the current Irish Food and Drink Exporter of the Year.

Website: www.dawnfarms.ie

CEO: Larry Murrin

Location: The Maudlins, Naas, Co Kildare.

Current vacancies: www.dawnfarms.ie/careers

Farm Solutions

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Description: Farm Solutions is part of a Wexford based co-operative-owned business that has been in operation since 1977. We provide staff mainly to dairy farms but also into pig, poultry, beef and tillage farms. On the dairy side, the staff we provide varies from junior milkers to senior herd managers. We cover Ireland and the UK. Our regional managers are based locally to our clients and visit their farms to gain a greater understanding of their operation and what they need in terms of staff.

Established: 1977

Website: www.farmsolutions.ie

AgriTech

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Description: For the past 40 years Agritech has been manufacturing and supplying a range of quality, innovative, nutritional forage products for livestock farmers in Ireland from a complete manufacturing, research and distribution centre based in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Products on Irish farms are sold through appointed distributors throughout Ireland and Agritech are now supplying markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia countries.

Established: 1977

Website: www.agritech.ie

Limerick Institute of Technology

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Description: Limerick Institute of Technology offer a BSc in Environmental Management in Agriculture on the Thurles campus. Graduates will have an understanding of sustainability issues, environmental management skills and insight into the agricultural sector

Website: www.lit.ie

President: Professor Vincent Cunnane 

Course: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC428

Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board

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Description: Agricultural Mechanics are concerned with the fault finding, repair and overhaul and maintenance of farm machinery. These farm machines could include for example forage harvesters, balers, bale wrappers, mowers and combine harvesters. Their skills overlap with other crafts within the motor family of crafts therefore they are equipped to carry out some repair work on All Terrain Vehicles – Quads, light and heavy commercial vehicles, earth moving equipment and other vehicles. The overall duration of this programme is a minimum of four years provided all phases are successfully completed.

Website:  www.waterfordwexford.etb.ie

Loughlinstown Training Centre

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Description: The Apprenticeship Services Unit at Loughlinstown Training Centre provides an advisory and support service to all Apprentices and their Employers. We look after each Apprentice from the registration process right through to their final phase of training. Each Apprentice is allocated an Adviser who will monitor their progress and support them during their Apprenticeship. Across Ireland there are 16 Education and Training Boards, each one has their own Apprenticeship Services Unit.

Website:  www.dublintrainingcentres.ie

KEENAN

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Description: Established in 1978, KEENAN is a respected leader in ethical and profitable farming solutions, focused on maximising feed efficiency. Over the course of nearly four decades in business, KEENAN has earned a particularly strong reputation for manufacturing quality mixer wagons. KEENAN interprets data for more than 1,000,000 cows from close to 10,000 farms in 25 countries around the world, representing one of the world’s largest field databases on dairy feed efficiency. Based in Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland, KEENAN employs 204 people (169 in Ireland).

Established: 1978

Website:  www.keenansystem.com

CEO: Robert Walker

Employ: 250+

Current Vacancies: www.keenansystem.com/ie-en/intouch-feeding-specialist-sw-england/

Connolly’s Red Mills

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Description: Located in Co Kilkenny, Connolly’s RED MILLS has been the home of the Connolly family business since 1908. Today, we are one of the most trusted global names within the areas of high performance animal feed, pet food and agri products. The RED MILLS brand is sold in 40 countries around the world, and we continue to build on our reputation for converting fresh, natural ingredients into the most trusted feed for peak performance right around the world.

Established: 1908

Website:  www.redmills.ie

CEO: Joe Connolly

Headquarters: Kilkenny

Employ: 250 +

Bank of Ireland

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Description: Bank of Ireland is the largest lender to the Irish economy and Ireland’s No. 1 business bank, providing more than 50% of new SME and agriculture lending. We are confident about the prospects for the Irish agricultural sector. Within Business Banking, there are a team of Agri sector specialists, recruited from industry, to bring hands-on expertise to Agri customers. Our stability, proven track record and investment in people with agricultural expertise provides us with a strong platform to support existing and new customers and we will continue to meet the funding and investment requirements of Irish farmers and agri-businesses.

Established: 1783

Website:  www.bankofireland.com

CEO: Richie Boucher

Headquarters: Dublin

Employ: 11,000 +

Thames Farming Group

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Description: Thames Farming Group is a global farming business that operates and manages a portfolio of arable, dairy and beef farms across South America, Oceania, Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

Established: 2011

Website: www.thamesfarminggroup.com

CEO: Reza Vishkai

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom

Other locations:  Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Poland and Romania

Employ: in excess of 250 people

Current Vacancies: Deputy Farm Managers at our Chilean dairy operations