Friday, 31 January 2014

High Hopes for 2014

May I take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Happy New Year.   I know it’s somewhat belated coming on the last day of January but I can confirm that the Goat Blog will be much busier this year, with a mix of news, information and more technical updates.

I really feel this is going to be a big year for the Irish Goat Industry, with much stronger communication and cooperation between farmers and processors, Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture and all the farming and food organisations.  Hopefully this will all get under way in the next few weeks with a meeting of some of the interested parties to get the ball rolling. I’ll keep you updated with any developments.

The report on my trip to the Goat Expo is also nearing completion and I’ll make it available here in the next few weeks.  It will include summaries of all the seminars I attended but I will also have more detailed information also available for each of them.  There will also be lots of photos of the competitions and all of the breeds that were on show.

Finally I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to each of you.  As a result of our work keeping the public updated via social media, myself and a number of my colleagues were offered a Staff Excellence Award.  No matter where you’re located - in Ireland or beyond – many, many thanks for all the hits on this page.  I will do my very best to develop and drive this Blog from strength to strength and I look forward to your contributions and experiences as part of this.


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