Talent exodus will be norm in job freeze
The public sector recruitment embargo is forcing talented farm graduates to emigrate and has sparked fears of a brain drain from the sector.
One of the graduates who has opted to take up a position abroad is Sean McCarthy from Currow, Castleisland, Co Kerry.
The Moorepark PhD graduate had been working with Teagasc's dairy advisory service in Kerry but didn't know if his contract would be renewed, so he applied for a job with Dairy New Zealand. He was snapped up by the Kiwis and flies south next week.
Sean will be based in Palmerston North, in the south of the North Island, and will be dealing exclusively with farmer discussion groups.
In a practical way, Kerry farming's loss will be Palmerston North's gain.
Sean is the first to admit that he had considered travelling, but his decision to go was confirmed by the uncertainty of his contract situation with Teagasc.
"In the back of my head I always wanted to travel but the contract situation brought the decision forward," Sean said.
However, the north Kerry native admitted that the decision to move to the other side of the world had not been an easy one.