Meet the team
Bertie grew up on a dairy farm near Newtownshandrum, in North Cork. Growing up on the family farm gave him first experience of life on a dairy farm. In 1996 he qualified with at B.Agr.Sc (hons) from University College Dublin. In 1995 as part of the four year degree he spent the nine month practical work placement working on farms in New Zealand. This was to prove a pivotal part of his future career in that it strongly shaped his subsequent years in business.
Upon leaving college in 1996 he set about starting his own business Grasstec. From small beginnings the business has steadily grown by offering the farming sector practical and innovative services that help improve productivity.
His main role in the business is overseeing the running of the company and paying particular attention to the design services offered by the business.
Anne O' Connell
Anne is the Financial Controller of the business. She is a qualified Accountant and holds a Bachelor in Business and Legal Studies (Hons) and Masters of Business Studies in Finance from University College Dublin. She previously worked in AIB Capital Markets and spent a number of years working in the Investment Management Industry in Bermuda.
Grace manages the Marketing Department. She holds an Honours Degree in Marketing and a Masters in Marketing Practice from Cork Institute of Technology. She is from a beef farming background and has a keen interest in sport.
Pat joined the Grasstec team in 2012 and is actively working in the livestock services section. He works with Noel and Norman sourcing stock, completing sales and dealing with the logistics of livestock sales to foreign markets. He is also experienced in GPS Surveying. A keen sportsman, he is a member of the Granagh-Ballingarry Senior Hurling Team in Limerick.
Noel Gowen is a UCD agriculture graduate who completed a PhD at the Moorepark Research Centre, specialising in grazing systems and ryegrass variety comparisons. A native of county Cork, Noel took over the Grazing Musketeer program in 2009 and now coordinates Grasstec Grazing Consultancy in Ireland and UK. Areas covered include Munster and South Leinster along with clients and discussion groups in Wales and central UK.
Noel also oversees Grasstec’s Livestock Services. This includes coordinating stock listings for sale and processing orders for stock for Irish and UK buyers. Noel has a keen eye for livestock, and can select quality stock on the buyer’s behalf if needed. He also ensures that the inspection and delivery process runs smoothly.
Aileen joined the team in April 2014, bringing an extensive business background with her. She qualified with a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) and a Masters of Business Studies in Human Resources from Cork Institute of Technology. As Administration Manager, she looks after the administrative and accounts portfolio. Aileen grew up on a dairy milking farm and her knowledge of the industry is both current and extensive
Eugene grew up on a dairy farm in Ballyclough, Mallow, North Cork. Growing up on the family farm gave him first-hand experience of life on a dairy farm. In 1994, he qualified with a Diploma in Business Management from Shannon College of Hotel Management. In 1996, he went into business for himself and spent time on the family dairy farm. As part of the new business he also spent time in New Zealand.
In 2006, he joined Grasstec and has worked with the team developing the range and quality of services that it offers. His main role is developing sales and overseeing the GPS mapping division.
Jamie grew up on a small beef farm. He attended Cork Institute of technology and completed level 8 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Jamie gained experience in the dairy industry while working on large scale dairy farms for the last number of years. Jamie has a keen interest sport, he plays locally with his GAA club Newtownshandrum.
Mervyn joined the Grasstec team in 2017 and is actively working in the livestock services section with a main focus on sourcing dry stock. Mervyn has a keen interest in sport.
Siobhan is part of the Farm Mapping and Surveying Team at Grasstec. Siobhan graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with a diploma in Civil Engineering. She has since worked for a range of architectural/engineering firms mainly processing planning applications from pre-planning stage to final grant. She has 15 years’ experience in the industry. Siobhan has a keen interest in athletics and holds All-Ireland medals from her time with Gneeve-Guilla Athletic Club.
Joe is part of the Farm Mapping and Surveying Team here at Grasstec. Joe grew up on the family farm where he is in partnership with his father on a dairy farm. He attended Limerick Institute of Technology where he completed a level 8 degree in Civil Engineering. Joe has worked on various projects across construction and agriculture related disciplines. Joe is a keen sportsman and plays hurling with Hospital-Herbertstown GAA club in Limerick.
Having over 24 years experience in managing dairy herds on grass based systems in the UK and New Zealand. My work now looks at the measuring and managing on beef, sheep and dairy farms on a regular basis helping to focus on maximising quality and yield potential of their grass fields/paddocks.
My experience in rotational grazing is used to improve utilisation and therefore the efficiency of the grazed pasture, to maintain a high-quality feed throughout the season.
As well as this my work looks at soil health, both physically and chemically through detailed soil analysis The composition of the soil is assessed to determine which action are required to improve soil health and balance, which in turn will improve pasture productivity.
The business also offers farmers a choice of quality forage seed mixes and agronomy back up, by being an agent to a forage seed company.
Along with this, the business is linking up with a livestock genetics company, to be able to offer a varied and high-quality cattle genetics to both dairy and beef farmers in and around Wales.
Simon is part of Grasstec’s Farmyard Design team. Simon qualified with an Honours Degree in Structural Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology after previously completing his Level 5 & 6 Certificate in Agriculture at Pallaskenry Agricultural College. Previous to joining Grasstec, he spent a number of years working with Punch Consulting Engineers on Civil and Structural engineering projects throughout Ireland.
Simon is actively involved on his family dairy farm and understands the importance of an efficient farm yard. During the farm yard design process he uses a Robotic Total Station to accurately survey the existing farm yard. Once these details are gathered he works closely with the client to produce an appropriate and cost effective solution. He produces modular farm yard development plans to guide the client through expanding or improving their farm yard.
Simon is a member of the Intermediate Blackrock GAA team in Kilfinane, County Limerick who won an All-Ireland Junior Hurling Title in 2010.
John is part of our Farmyard Design team here at Grasstec. John joined the team in June 2015. John recently graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering. John is from a suckler farming background and is a member of Macra na Feirme.
John is part of Grasstec’s Farmyard Design team. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Kilworth, Co. Cork where he was involved in all farm activities from milking cows to assisting in the construction of new farm buildings.
John graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has since worked for range of architectural/engineering firms and has up to 15 years experience in the industry. In those years he has also worked in the UK overseeing large scale projects in Leeds, London and North Wales, demonstrating an ability to plan project drawings to meet specifications and deliver architectural and engineering guidance on site to ensure projects are completed to quality standards and to meet client expectations.
Andrew is part of our Farmyard Design team here at Grasstec. He graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with a degree in Sustainable Energy. Before joining Grasstec, he spent a number of years working with BMD Mechanical and Process Engineers. Andrew is actively involved on his family dairy farm. He has a keen interest in sport, representing Corks C of I in hockey and Carrigaline United in soccer.
Maeve is an Engineering graduate from Limerick Institute of Technology. She has worked for a range of manufacturing companies over the years and upskilled her drawing knowledge with a course in 3D CAD. She spent 3 years working for a large agricultural machinery manufacturer before joining Grasstec.
Maeve works between the Farmyard Design Department, on 2D Drawings and Planning Applications as well as 3D Surveying with the Geomatics Department.
With a keen interest in rugby, Maeve plays for UL Bohemians Ladies Team in Limerick and also coaches in Cork club, Sundays Well.
Daryl is a member of our Geomatics Department. His main role is to create 2D and 3D CAD drawings. Daryl has a keen interest in sport.
Aaron draughts 2D and 3D CAD drawings as well as rendering, and animations of our models. Aaron also uses his expertise creating full 3D models.