Sinead Quealy

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Finding the value in Animal Health Data

In March 2017 the AHEAD 2017 workshop allowed an open discussion on how some of the gaps in animal health and drug usage data could be filled. We also discussed how filling those gaps could be paid for. More specifically, we detailed the actors along the value chain for whom these filled gaps would be

VirtualVet – What we do & why.

To help others realise the level of support and help out there for start-up businesses, WLRfm recently visited VirtualVet to chat about our experiences with the Local Enterprise Office. The brief video below describes how and why we started the business, name drops a few great mentors and a source of inspiration, encourages ceaseless research

Sinead Quealy joins advisory board of Project Mooo

A few months ago, following our work on AHEAD 2017, I met Param Singh of UDAY Skills. Param and his team are leading an interesting rural development project in Punjab, India, focused on dairy farmers and the importance of sustainable and profitable dairy farmers to a rural economy and community – Project Mooo. Param was

A business model for Ireland’s Animal Health strategic success

Media coverage this week highlighted the launch by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture Food & Marine (DAFM) of a National Farmed Animal Health Strategy.  It sets out a comprehensive vision to take the farmed animal industry to 2022 and follows  a consultative process carried out in 2016. The contributions received by the department are available and

CAP Reform – “Rural Jobs” should mean more than farm jobs

VirtualVet is an agtech start-up operating from a family farm. Our aim is to create high quality rural jobs offering a compliance support service to farmers and data collection service to the wider agri-food and animal health industries. To make our vision a reality, a few things are required: Internet connectivity & government agencies to

Farm Data Ownership Debate – Buried in Bratislava

Earlier this month I was one of the lucky ones chosen to attend the excellent EIP Agri Data Sharing Workshop in Bratislava. Within an hour the  “data ownership” question was skillfully re-framed to “data  controller & data processor” roles, and the relationship between these roles. For VirtualVet this validated our entire approach and methodology. We

AHEAD 2017, Digital Transformation of Animal Health Data

AHEAD 2017 workshop is sponsored by OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems On March 1st and 2nd VirtualVet and Epi-Connect hosted AHEAD 2017, a workshop to discuss the digital transformation opportunities in animal health, animal disease and animal drug usage. We intend to create a road-map with and for

Welcome to Michael Quealy

Earlier this year the home farm received a welcome injection of energy – Michael Quealy Jnr, the next in a long line of Michael Quealys on this farm. Michael has kindly agreed to contribute his thoughts and observations on the issues and challenges facing his generation of farmers. He brings a fresh perspective; not only

Watch our VirtualVet Vision – short video

This is VirtualVet’s short video to illustrate our thinking on current treatment and disease monitoring in the food producing animal industry. While there are procedures and processes in place, and the compliance levels from farmers and vets are good, we as an industry, and farmers in particular, have no quick access to vitally important information.

VirtualVet promoting Government Digitisation

VirtualVet participated in the SmartAgriFood FIPPP Accelerator final event in Dusseldorf this week. While there we promoted the need for the agri-food and agri-tech community to involve more government and large industry actors in our meetings and discussions. Digital agriculture will only work if supported by government digitisation. It was great to see the progress