A family business bringing farming into the 21st century
November 30, 2020
An excerpt of an Article by Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic – (published -30-11-2020)
Our Start-up of the Week is Terra Nutritech, an agritech company adding an internet of things layer to herd nutrition.
Padraig Hennessy calls it a “privilege” to build a business on the farm where he grew up. It was here in Moone, Co Kildare that he helped manage a suckler cow unit before expanding his horizons. First, to Waterford IT where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, then further afield to Toronto and Sydney.
Like many an Irish emigrant, he eventually boomeranged, settling in Dublin with a role in fintech. But in 2008, Hennessy was drawn back to Moone and the farm, with a new venture in agritech co-founded with his brother, Tom.
As CEO of Terra Nutritech, Hennessy leads a team developing technology for precision liquid delivery of nutritional supplements for animals. “Our patent-pending and award-winning technology means animals receive a precise daily dose of any liquid supplement, leading to healthier stock and better returns, all with less labour,” Hennessy explained.
The Terra Nutritech system can deliver precise doses of nutrients direct to the animals’ water supply, or a solution can be sprayed onto their feed. The dosage is determined with exact animal numbers and requirements input to the system.