NZ – Ireland Agritech Summit 2022

New Zealand – Ireland Agritech Summit 2022

Welcome to the Summit

Opening and Welcome to the Summit


  • Kenneth Irons, Chair, AgriTechNZ
  • Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister for Agriculture and Trade & Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Padraig Hennessy, Chair, AgTech Ireland & CEO, Terra Nutritec
  • Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Fianna Fail
  • Brendan O’Connell, Chief Executive, AgriTechNZ

Panel: Voice of the Farmer

In this session we will hear from farmers in New Zealand and Ireland who have been learning from each other through various exchanges. The challenge on farm and role of technologies will be considered across both regions.

Panel Moderator:

  • Mark Neal, Associate Strategy and Investment, DairyNZ


  • Colin Glass, Chief Executive at Dairy Holdings Limited
  • Phillip Murphy, Farmer & Software Engineer
  • Peter Morgan, Farmer
  • Paidi Kelly,  Dairy Farmer

Panel: Voice of the Planet

In this session we will hear from research and industry organisations who are addressing issues of climate impact and sustainability that are shared by both countries and impact the future of livestock farming globally.

Panel Moderator:

  • Dr John Roche, Chief Science Advisor to New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industry


  • Tommy Boland, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact & Prof of Ruminant Nutrition, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD
  • Enda Buckley, Director Of Sustainability at Carbery Group
  • Prof Sinéad Waters, Principal Research Scientist, Animal and Bioscience Dept, Teagasc. Co-chair of the Livestock Research Group of the GRA
  • Charlotte Rutherford, Director, On Farm Excellence

Closing Remarks

Closing discussion with Ambassadors to both Ireland and New Zealand.


  • Brendan O’Connell, Chief Executive AgriTechNZ
  • Brad Burgess, Ambassador of New Zealand to Ireland
  • Peter Ryan, Ambassador of Ireland to New Zealand
  • Dan O’Brien, Vice Chair , AgTech Ireland