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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Germinal to cease cereal seed production

Germinal has announced the restructuring of its Irish business, which will see it concentrate on grass and forage seeds for agriculture and amenity customers.

The company is ceasing the production and marketing of cereal varieties in the Irish market with effect from January 1st, 2022.

The move, it says, follows significant investments in grass and forage breeding and research.

These include employing a team of breeders embedded at IBERS Aberystwyth, investments at the Germinal Research Station in southern England, and creating a new research station in New Zealand.

It also consolidates the merger of the Germinal NI and Ireland businesses, which was announced in January.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said: “This renewed focus on specialist grass and forage seed will allow Germinal to utilise its market-leading position in NI and Ireland to drive forward research and product development, sharing its expertise to enable farmers to achieve a greener, more resilient net-zero future for ruminant livestock agriculture.”

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William Gilbert, group managing director, Germinal, said:

“This development will simplify our business and allow us to focus our specialist knowledge and experience in forage and grass seed for the benefit of our customers.”

“Building on the significant investment we have already made into our facilities in Tipperary, and into our forage research facilities, we will also look to strengthen our team further, recruiting new personnel for specialist positions, as we focus on delivering climate-smart forage solutions to help farmers drive productivity and profitability.”

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