Castlebar based Professor Michael Diskin is the winner of the 2018 Teagasc Gold Medal.
Professor Diskin is head of the Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Research dept and is also the sheep enterprise leader.
He is the man at the helm of Teagasc Mellows Campus in Athenry for the last 14 years.
The Teagasc Gold Medal is awarded annually to a member of staff who has made an exceptional contribution to the organisation and to agriculture and food sectors.
He s a native of Corr na Móna in county Galway.