Livestock Committee

Brendan Golden

Chairman IFA National Livestock Committee

086 6017573 [email protected]

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

01 4260340 [email protected]

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
CARLOW George Hatton087 2527285
CAVANThomas Leonard086 3350165
CLAREJoseph O’Connell 087 2555609
CORK (W)Padraig O’Driscoll086 2441900
CORK (N)Kevin O’Flynn086 8250493
CORK (C)Ivor Jeffery087 6534573
DONEGALNeville Myles086 1555599
DUBLINDerek McGrath087 9598394
GALWAYMichael Haverty086 3512346
KERRYKieran O’Shea086 8219411
KILDAREPaul McDonald086 8221529
KILKENNYTomas Mulhall086 4008147
LAOISDeclan Hanrahan087 9479971
LEITRIMJohn Winters086 6016038
LIMERICKDenis Duggan086 8652424
LONGFORDPaul Molihan085 7600206
LOUTHEdward O’Malley086 8336946
MAYOTJ Duffy087 2155118
MEATHEamonn Meade086 8346017
MONAGHANMichael Flood086 3344824
OFFALYThomas Woulfe087 9962492
ROSCOMMONKevin Hartigan0877061725
SLIGOTrevor Boland087 9983271
TIPP. NTHJoseph O’Dwyer087 7991439
TIPP. STHEdmond Burns087 0524468
WATERFORDPadraig Daly087 3171738
WESTMEATHChris Dolan085 8775179
WEXFORDJames Kehoe087 2791109
WICKLOWSean Cooney086 8362327