A young Tipperary farmer has confirmed his growing reputation as one of the country’s most articulate and outspoken farm leaders by being elected as Deputy President of ICMSA.
Pat McCormack, who farms at Greenane, between Donaskeigh and Tipperary town, has also been re-elected as Chairman of that association’s Dairy Committee.
He is already widely considered to be an outstanding advocate for dairy farmers and to posses an expert understanding of the Irish and international dairy sector. That expertise was recognised by his colleagues within the 18,000-strong specialist dairy farmers’ organisation when he was elected to chair the all important dairy committee at what was an unusually young age for that crucial office.
Mr McCormack’s success and reputation can be gauged from the fact that he easily out-polled a rival to become the ICMSA’s Deputy President and to assume even more responsibilities within the association. His electoral success will be considered a huge ‘feather in the cap’ for Tipperary ICMSA and is a mark of the esteem in which the local executive is held by the other 26 county executives around the country following the very successful and high profile six year presidential term served by Jackie Cahill of Thurles.
Pat is married to Leah Brett, from Ballylooby. Pat’s father, Tom, is ‘semi-retired’ from farming. A past pupil of Donaskeigh NS and St Ailbe’s secondary school in Tipp Town, Pat attended Rockwell Agricultural College before taking over the family farm.
Following his election to the post of deputy president, just before Christmas, Pat says it is in interesting time to be at the top table of the ICMSA. “It’s an interesting time with Single Farm Payments, CAP reform and the prospect of life without quotas. It’s a changing and challenging environment.”