Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chicken near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie provides some background to starting a poultry enterprise, and producing an award-winning chicken bone broth, all told and sold under the Magners Farm label, just a few kilometres north of the historic walled-town of Fethard.
In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his farm, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He now supplies this award-winning high-end beef into supermarkets, restaurants and online across Ireland. In this episode, John also talks about his work with Avocet Bio-Solutions, trialling technology on his farm with the potential to make a significant global impact on sustainable food production.
James O’Donoghue’s initial curiosity in farming was triggered during summer holidays, helping on his grandparents’ farm. As a trainee farmer manager, he graduated ‘top student’ in Ag College and ‘top farm apprentice’. Decades on, James tells how he now produces his own premium brand, award-winning cider called ‘Longways Cider’ from his farm and orchard, located in South Tipperary.
Waterford Distillery is a single malt whiskey distillery located in Waterford City, in the South East of Ireland. The distillery was originally rebuilt in 2004 as a Guinness brewery, shut down a decade later and in 2015 transformed into a state-of-the-art single malt whiskey distillery. Here CEO, Mark Reynier provides an update on progress and of his ambition to create the most profound single malt whisky that has ever been seen.
Ireland has long valued the hive and the honey bee, as evidenced in the Bechbretha or ‘Bee Judgements’ texts, recorded under ancient Irish law or Brehon law, dating back to circa 6th century. Today, a new Irish tech start-up, is seeking to write a new page in history, in terms of food security within a global industry, responsible for providing 1/3rd of the food consumed in the world.
ApisProtect, a start-up co-founded by CEO, Fiona Edwards Murphy, a Cork-based electronics engineer, focused on the growing global problem of the stressed honey bee population. Her goal is to provide an IoT - bee monitoring service, utilising the latest sensor technology and machine learning, to help beekeepers reduce losses and increase productivity in their hives.
In this episode, ApisProtect Chair and co-founder, Andrew Wood recounts the story behind this innovative idea and the journey of discovery into the secret lives of bees.
Can a growing global passion for lower carb / high nutrient-dense food boost demand for Irish grassfed produce? In this episode, Ivor Cummins, Chief Program Officer, IHDA outlines some context on this growing trend, along with perspectives on CVD risk-taking to better understand and optimise health.
* In the 90's, Ivor completed a biochemical engineering degree, followed by 30 years spent in corporate technical leadership positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity.
* Irish Heart Disease Awareness (IHDA.ie) is a charity established to raise awareness of heart disease, as a progressive, measurable and treatable disease, that can be detected by a simple calcification test.
* The charity's founder, David Bobbett, is also CEO and majority shareholder of H&K International, one of the world's largest equipment suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry.
In 2017, Finistere Ventures, a Californian-based firm, partnered with Ireland’s sovereign development fund (ISIF) to launch a €20m Ireland Agtech Fund (IAF), investing in emerging AgTech startups, to help stimulate growth and offer value across the Irish Agriculture and Food sectors. The Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) also allocated a further €20m in Finistere’s second global agtech fund for global agri investment. Kieran Furlong, venture partner with Finistere Ventures provides an update on this exciting and innovative development.
Belfast-based Devenish Nutrition is a leading animal nutrition company and trades worldwide within the farming and food sector under the aegis of chief executive Richard Kennedy and executive chairman, Owen Brennan. With the intriguing central philosophy of ‘One Health, from Soil to Society’, Devenish provide solutions to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of nutrients in the production of meat, milk and eggs. Here Richard Kennedy gives some background to working in this sector, work important to both animal and human health, and to the nutrient sustainability of the world’s food supply.
Achill is Ireland’s largest island and the sea that surrounds it has been the lifeblood for generations of people living there. Since returning home, some twenty years ago, Kieran and Marjorie O’Malley have renewed that maritime link, by establishing Achill Sea Salt on Achill Island in Co. Mayo. It’s a simple story but one which continues to resonate with both local and visitor alike. Marjorie tells how in 2013, this enterprising family became producers of an artisan sea salt, reviving the hand-harvesting of sea salt on Achill – after a gap of some centuries.