Teagasc man’s advances in cattle breeding science brings him gold

Professor Michael Diskin (centre) receiving the Teagasc Gold Medal Award for 2018, with Teagasc Chairman Mr Liam Herlihy (on left) and Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle.
Professor Michael Diskin (centre) receiving the Teagasc Gold Medal Award for 2018, with Teagasc Chairman Mr Liam Herlihy (on left) and Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle.

PROFESSOR Michael Diskin – who has been in charge of the Teagasc, Mellows Campus, in Athenry  for 14 years – is the 2018 winner of the Teagasc Gold Medal.

Professor Diskin is Head of the Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Research Department and he is also the Sheep Enterprise Leader – the Teagasc Gold Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a member of staff who has made an exceptional contribution to Teagasc and to the agriculture and food sectors.

Michael has a strong national and international scientific reputation as a reproductive physiologist, particularly working with beef cattle. He has published over 130 refereed publications.

Back in 2008, in recognition of his scientific achievements, he was appointed adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine in UCD.

Michael was presented with his gold medal at the Teagasc Authority meeting in Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Co. Cavan, by Teagasc Chairman, Liam Herlihy.

“Michael Diskin has had an outstanding career in Teagasc as a scientist and as a manager, where he has displayed huge dedication to the agriculture industry and to Teagasc.

“He has had a long, varied and distinguished career in Teagasc and we thank him for all he has contributed to the advancement of animal reproductive physiology and the Irish farming industry. He is a very worthy recipient of the Teagasc Gold medal,” said Liam Herlihy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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