Livestock Committee

Brendan Golden

Chairman IFA National Livestock Committee

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Brendan Golden is suckler beef farmer from Killala Co Mayo, finishing mainly steer and young bull beef. He also sells some finished cows and heifer weanlings. He farms 70 suckler cows on 80 ha of owned and rented land alongside his wife Ann and three sons.

The Chairman said the challenges in the beef and livestock sector are immense. He said never was it more important for Irish beef farmers to adopt the principles of Unity, Strength and Delivery to improve the income situation of farmers on the ground.

Brendan Golden’s key priorities for beef and livestock farmers include;

  • An immediate lift in cattle prices to restore viability and increase farm incomes
  • Restoring and maintaining strong direct payments in CAP 2020 and through Farm Schemes.
  • Protecting the beef sector against Brexit and other trade deals.
  • Defending EU production standards and grass-based systems on environmental, food safety and traceability grounds.
  • Maximising market access for beef and live exports.
  • Supporting and maintaining the national suckler cow herd.

Tomas Bourke

Senior Policy Executive

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Tomas Bourke is the Irish Farmers’ Association Livestock and Animal Health Executive. He sits on the copa-cogeca Animal Health and Welfare working party in Brussels. He is also a member of the AHI Implementation groups for both BVD and johnes disease.

About the Livestock Committee

  • The National Livestock Committee fully represents the interests of the country’s 100,000 livestock farmers on all issues affecting members incomes and livelihoods.
  • Representing the largest number of farmers nationwide, the IFA National Livestock Committee comprises of 29 democratically elected members from each of the IFA’s County Executives.
  • The Committee undertakes this work at local, national, European and international level constantly analysing complex problems and issues, and proposing policies and solutions geared at meeting the interests of farmers.
  • The work of the Committee is very wide ranging from high level contacts at European level in meetings with Agricultural or Trade Commissioners on policy issues.

National Livestock Committee

CHAIRMAN:Brendan Golden086-6017573
VICE-CHAIRMANDeclan Hanrahan087-9479971
CARLOWPaul Balfe086-8338065
CAVANThomas Leonard086-3350165
CLAREJoseph O’Connell 087-2555609
CORK (W)Robert Ellis087-2306590
CORK (N)Sheena McCarthy086-2730363
CORK (C)Ivor Jeffery087-6534573
DONEGALFrank McClean085-1072228
DUBLINLaurence Ward086-8369438
GALWAYMichael Flynn086-8175116
KERRYHelen O’Mahony087-2461714
KILDAREDavid Egar087-2593236
KILKENNYLaurence McEvoy087-7424067
LAOISDeclan Hanrahan087-9479971
LEITRIMAdrian Kelly086-8162595
LIMERICKDenis Duggan086-8652424
LONGFORDPadraic Gerety087-9161407
LOUTHPeter McEneaney Jnr087-2793544
MAYOAnthony McDonnell 087-9954451
MEATHEamonn Meade086-8346017
MONAGHANEamon Markey087-9960970
OFFALYJames Bennett086-9175434
ROSCOMMONJohn O’Beirne086-8051315
SLIGOJohn H Graham087-2381981
TIPP. NTHTim Harty087-9186611
TIPP. STHEdmond Burns087-0524468
WATERFORDPat Keane087-2779647
WESTMEATHDonal Kenny08-72730258
WEXFORDJJ Kavanagh087-8226899
WICKLOWSean Cooney086-8362327