By Jackie Keogh, Southern Star
An agricultural workshop at the West Cork Hotel last Thursday was the perfect occasion for Drinagh Co-operative to launch its brand new website.
With almost 300 farmers taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the event throughout the day, it also presented a good opportunity for Drinagh’s suppliers and customers to meet experts in a number of areas, such as herd health.
Dr Doreen Corridan, from Munster Herd Health and Eamon Joyce from An Bord Bia, as well as Teagasc advisors, offered one-to-one consultations, as did consultant nutritionist, Morgan Sheehy, and Donal Murphy, who is the mill manager with Drinagh.
With quotas going in 2015, milk production was obviously a major topic on the day and dairy manager, Seamus Daly, as well as Tim Regan, were busy assisting farmers to complete their Annual Agreed Volume Applications, which will provide vital forecasting information for Drinagh Co-op over the next few years.
Visitors to Drinagh’s annual Agri Workshop were interested in the many trade stands, but what had everyone talking was the launch of the co-operative’s new user friendly website — 91 years to the day that the co-operative was first registered.
‘As an organisation that employs more than 250 people and operates 15 retail outlets throughout West Cork,’ Martin O’Mahony, who is the stores manager said, ‘we felt it was important to upgrade our website to reflect the extent of the services we provide, taking in everything from milk collection to the manufacture of animal feeds, as well as hardware, electrical, off licence, pharmacy, grocery, deli and our coffee shops.’