Local Ag Tech innovators attend European Parliament-By Katie Glavin

Fermoy locals, Dr Dan Ryan and Aileen Ryan recently attended the European Parliament as part of a newly established Ag Tech Ireland group.

The group is purported to be the first such group in Europe and is leading the way in terms of Ag Tech in Europe.

The Irish delegation attended the European Parliament as one voice amongst like-minded people to promote Ag Tech in this country and to highlight how the industry is ‘critical’ and ‘completely interlinked’ with future progress in agriculture.

Dr Dan Ryan is the managing director for ReproDoc Ltd, while Aileen is the HR manager, both of whom are local to the Fermoy area.

“ReproDoc Ltd, established in 1995, is a premium service providing sustainable and innovative scanning for dairy and beef herds,” Aileen explained.

“ReproDoc Scanning Technology (RST) guarantees a reduction in the calving interval which leads to a reduction in carbon emissions- a win-win for the client and the climate.”

While at the European Parliament, the group met with Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, as well as MEPs Billy Kelleher, Sean Kelly and Colm Markey, along with others.

Sustainable Practices

Dr Dan has a strong Ag Tech background and was previously Head of Research in Bovine Fertility at Texas A&M University.

ReproDoc was the first Ag Tech company in Ireland to have introduced ultrasound equipment to farmers back in 1995 through the service which is driven by science, innovation and sustainable practices. Aileen explained, ReproDoc Ltd can help the farmer gauge the health and well-being of the herd with the help of leading engineers who design automated readings leading to objective, consistent and accurate data.

“The cow and the land will respond. If we nurture the land and the herd, the farmer is rewarded financially and leaves a legacy for future generations. Ag Tech is the key to sustainable progress and future innovations,” Aileen added.

Ref: By Katie Glavin, The Avondhu Press February 2, 2023.

Dr Dan and Aileen Ryan in conversation with Billy Kelleher MEP.
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