Two new appointments have recently been made to the AgriSearch Board of Trustees. Val McConnell joins the board as a new Independent Farmer Trustee and David Rea joins as a representative of Dairy UK, filling the role vacated by Fred Allen following his appointment as Chair of Dale Farm.

Val, a suckler beef and sheep farmer from Omagh, entered full-time farming following a previous career in the banking sector. As well as expanding her own suckler beef and sheep enterprise, she works alongside her husband in his dairy enterprise.  She has been involved in several on-farm research trials in conjunction with AgriSearch and AFBI and has a good understanding of the practical challenges of implementing new research on farms. She is a member of two local CAFRE beef and sheep business development groups and is a member of the local marketing group, Tyrone Quality Livestock.

Val McConnell (L) Independent Farmer Representative and David Rea (R) Dairy UK Representative


David farms in partnership with his father and wife just outside Crossgar, County Down. It is predominantly a dairy unit with some Aberdeen Angus calves reared to beef. David has served on the Dale Farm board since 2008 and was recently appointed as Vice Chairman. In addition, he is a qualified veterinary surgeon and a member of the TB Eradication Partnership group.

For more information on the AgriSearch Board of Trustees visit the AgriSearch Website