Mark commenced his role as dairy herd development manager at Gurteen in August 2013. Overseeing the dairy until 2016. He took up a role as educational development officer with Teagasc at Gurteen with distance and part time course from 2013-2016, becoming part of the permanent staff at Gurteen in September 2016.
Presently he works mainly with students on the Full time level 5 and level 6 courses on Grassland management and Sheep production: organising and demonstrating practical skills in both Livestock husbandry and Crop production; organising and facilitating discussion groups with Level 5 and Level 6 students; plus mentoring and tutoring students.
Previous to Gurteen: Mark has worked on 2 different farms in New Zealand as assistant herd manager. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in Livestock Production at Moulton College, Northampton. He also worked as Farm General operative in the UK for a season,
Prior to the UK he worked with the FRS (Farm Relief Service’s), as a Relief milker and general farmhand operator for a herd of 220 cows.
Mark has also worked with Teagasc and privately as a REPS Planner.
After qualifying from UCD in 2007 he travelled to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to take up a role as unit manager of a 5000 cow dairy unit for Almaria. While studying at college he had various seasonal jobs working with contractors for silage season and relief milking. During his work experience from UCD he travelled to Australia where he worked on pig units, arable farms for the cotton season and crop harvest and also on a 2000 dairy cow unit outside Bringelly Sydney.
Mark currently farms part time as a drystock farmer developing the home farm and building on to the current land area.