20140417 Spring Newsletter FINAL

AHI Newsletter SPRING 2014

Irish Times Innovation Awards 2014

In January, Animal Health Ireland was shortlisted in the Agri-Food category of the Irish Times Innovation Awards for its work on the national BVD eradication programme. In their presentation to the judging panel, Joe O’Flaherty, David Graham and Mike Magan emphasised: • The innovative nature of AHI, the lead co-ordinator of the BVD eradication programme; • The innovative features of the cross-industry national BVD eradication programme, including the introduction of tissue sample-enabled national ID tags, the development of the capacity of private laboratories in Ireland to support the programme, and the development, in conjunction with ICBF, of a national database to manage the programme; • The effectiveness of the project management across a highly diverse stakeholder group; • The impact of eradication of farm profitability; • The contribution to sustainability, on an all-island basis, of the dairy and suckler sectors. The other finalists in our category are Richard Keenan & Company, Carlow and BFree Gluten Free Foods.

Gráinne Dwyer Communications and Event Manager

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