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The Team

Gerry Giggins, Director

Gerry Giggins of Farm Tours Ireland

Gerry began his working career in 1979 with Bord na Mona, the Irish National Peat Development Board, where he was a member of the land development section. Gerry had direct responsibility for the intensive bull beef finishing operations throughout Bord na Mona. This was a unique production system in Ireland at that time. 

Gerry furthered his academic standing while studying in The Netherlands in 1982 at Vaganingen University. This was the second time Gerry was to study in The Netherlands, having spent six months there in 1979 as an exchange student.

In 1988, Gerry took up the position as feed-lot manager with the Irish Agricultural Development Company. He was responsible for developing efficient beef finishing systems for different market requirements. In excess of 12,000 cattle were slaughtered off this farm annually. New methods of storing forages and concentrates were developed. The feedlot grew to be the largest in Europe in the early 1990s.

Aonghus Giggins at Farm Tours IrelandAonghus Giggins, Director

Aonghus studied in the Salesian College, Warrenstown and University College Dublin where he gained a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.

Upon completing his studies, Aonghus spent one year in Australia. During his stay, he gained valuable experience while working on a grass based farm in Victoria.

The farm specialised in contract rearing in-calf heifers for dairy herds while also running a sheep flock. He traveled extensively throughout the continent encountering many different farm enterprises along the way.