Our Background

Our Background

Gerard.

Gerard has worked in over 30 Countries, in the course of his 30 year career with CBF and the Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board.  For the last 10 years he held the position of Director of Meat & Livestock, responsible for the Strategic development and Marketing of the largest sector in the Irish Food Industry.  Previously he was Director of the Dusseldorf office, with responsibility for Central European Markets.  Prior to joining CBF – The Meat and Livestock Board, Gerard had been Secretary of the Irish Limousin Society.

During the 7 years living in Germany, there were many visits to Austria to view and select Fleckvieh Simmental cattle to improve the home herd.   Shortly after returning to Ireland in 1995, Gerard was elected to the position of President of the Irish Simmental Society.  (His father Tom, had previously also served as President, and brother David was Chairman of the South Eastern Simmental Club.)

Gerard left Bord Bia (and the 5 hour daily commute to the Dublin office) in the spring of 2013 and  by autumn the decision was made to change the farming system to dairying.  See “Celtic Herd” for details.

Gerard, together with his late father Tom and brother David, have been noted Judges at shows and sales throughout Ireland for decades.  In addition, Gerard has had the honour of judging Beef Simmentals at a number of International events, including:

  • The  Royal Ulster Show, Balmoral, Northern Ireland, 2011
  • The German National Simmental Show, 2012
  • The Austrian Beef Breeder’s show, 2013
  • The Scottish National Simmental Show, 2014
  • The European Simmental Congress Show, Switzerland, 2015

 

 

Angela.

Angela is a qualified General Nurse, Midwife, Chiropidist, Orthopedic Nurse, and has worked in Saudia Arabia and Iraq as well as Ireland.

Angela managed the farm for about 10 years while Gerard commuted to work in Dublin, and is still involved in the daily running of the farm, handling much of the calf rearing, DIY AI and any fertility treatments.   Her medical background is also usefull in dealing with any veterinary issues.  On a day to day basis, Angela also handles much of the semen sales and delivery arrangements.

Angela served on the Irish Simmental Council for 6 years, and held the office of Vice-President for some of that time.