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Teagasc Scientist To Become President of EU Animal Task Force

Professor Frank O’Mara, director of research at Teagasc, has just been confirmed as the incoming president of the EU Animal Task Force (ATF),

Professor O’Mara is due to commence his new role with the ATF in November.

The ATF is an influential European Public-Private Partnership concerned with the role of sustainable and competitive livestock production within the food system.

It is a leading body of European expertise linking industry and research providers to promote innovation in the livestock sector, the group explained.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor O’Mara said: "We are at a very important juncture for agriculture in the EU with the recent publication of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies of the Green Deal."

"I am convinced that livestock production has a critical role in a fully functioning food system by exploiting the principle of circularity through  minimising waste, delivering highly nutritious, safe and tasty food, and providing livelihoods for livestock farmers and others in the food chain," he added.

'High Standing In Europe'

Reacting to the announcement, Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Frank’s [O'Meara] appointment to this important role is a hugely deserved personal recognition for him and reflects Ireland’s position as a significant producer and exporter of high quality milk and meat products."

"As we grapple with important international issues like climate change and biodiversity, and the relationship between diet and health, it is increasingly important that Teagasc is well connected internationally,’ he added.

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