Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Specialist Nutrition can advise farmers on how moist, and liquid feeds fit into their dietary system as well as on storing, preserving our feeds.
Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition
Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition

Jim comes from a family farm background in Co Kildare. After leaving school, Jim went to UCD School of Agriculture and achieved a B Agr. Sc (Hons) in 1985. For 13 years Jim worked in a leading Agricultural Merchant as General Manager.

In 1998, Jim joined Forage Systems as Managing Director and continued to grow the business which later became Specialist Nutrition with the development of moist and liquids feeds market. Specialist Nutrition is now the leading supplier of high-quality feeds and supplements to progressive dairy and beef farmers in Ireland and the UK.

Jim is a member of the Agricultural Science Association, Irish Farmers Association and Irish Holsten and Friesian Association.

Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group
Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group

Pat joined the Arvum Group as CFO in 2009. He holds an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland (UCC) and is a Member and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

He has twenty five years’ experience in senior finance and managerial roles across agri-business, high volume manufacturing and property sectors.

As well as finance, Pat takes a leading role in the information technology, compliance and legal aspects of the group’s various businesses.

Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group
Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group

Mia is Group Head of Marketing responsible for delivering marketing strategy across the Arvum Group of companies. Mia has previously held senior marketing positions with some of Ireland's top brands, creating award-winning campaigns for …

Originally from a family business in Co. Wexford, Mia is a strategic thinker bringing a market-driven approach to deliver profitable growth within our companies. With a deep consumer and customer understanding, she brings her unique perspective to the delivery of our marketing strategy.

Mia is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) and Irish International Business Network (IIBN).

Michael Cleary

Michael Cleary

Beef Nutrition Manager
Michael Cleary

Michael Cleary

Beef Nutrition Manager

Holder of Agricultural Science degree and a Masters in meat science from Bristol University. Has managed one of the largest beef units in Ireland and also as Quality Assurance Manager. Micheal has extensive knowledge of Beef and Dairy nutrition.

Michael Davey

Michael Davey

Dairy Nutrition Manager
Michael Davey

Michael Davey

Dairy Nutrition Manager

Michael grew up on a dairy farm and studied Agricultural Science at University College Dublin, Ireland. His particular area of interest is dairy nutrition.

Michael has gained international experience working in Saudi Arabia on efficient, large scale and high yielding dairy farms. He also worked in the UK as a Ruminant Nutritionist for a large TMR mixer wagon company working with a range of production systems, feed sources and herd sizes.

Michael joined Specialist Nutrition in 2012 and quickly became the trusted advisor to his Farmers on moist and liquid feeds and maximising its role in TMR and dairy herd diet.

Pat Coakley

Pat Coakley

Southern Area Manager
Pat Coakley

Pat Coakley

Southern Area Manager

Pat comes from a dairy background and has worked extensively in the agricultural industry for over 20 years. Working with Specialist Nutrition in the Cork and Kerry region for the past 6 years he has helped dairy and beef farmers to maximise their potential.

Conor Quinlan

Conor Quinlan

Moist Feeds Manager
Conor Quinlan

Conor Quinlan

Moist Feeds Manager

Conor comes from a farming family in Tipperary where he then went on to become an Agriculture Science graduate and holder of a Masters in methane emissions. Conor is working across the country with both dairy and beef farmers and is a specialist in moist feeds.

Nigel Condell

Nigel Condell

Liquid Feeds and Northern Area Manager
Nigel Condell

Nigel Condell

Liquid Feeds and Northern Area Manager

Nigel’s family farming background in animal and crop production prompted him to study Agricultural Science at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Nigel worked in the UK as a dairy and beef nutritionalist before joining Specialist Nutrition in 2017 as Liquid Feed Manager for Ireland. He specialises in the areas of dairy farm management, beef farm management, and dairy cow signals. Nigel loves the challenge of maximizing farm potential and has seen first hand the results for his Farmers from using Specialist Nutrition moist and liquid feeds, and how this high-quality, nutritious animal feed fit into a TMR diet.

Rachel McCarthy

Rachel McCarthy

Dairy Nutrition Manager
Rachel McCarthy

Rachel McCarthy

Dairy Nutrition Manager

From a mixed dairy and beef enterprise farm in Cork. Studied animal and crop production in UCD. Then completed the agricultural graduate programme and also worked as an area sales manager for two years with Dairygold Co-op before joining Specialist Nutrition as an area manager and dairy nutritionist.

Helena Coughlan

Helena Coughlan

Business Development Manager
Helena Coughlan

Helena Coughlan

Business Development Manager

Holds a degree in Animal and Crop Production from UCD. Following that worked in the US for Ornua as Regional Sales Executive for 3 years. Now farming on a mixed enterprise dairy and beef farm, in addition to my role as Business Development Manager. Responsible for developing and maintaining new customer opportunities