Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Specialist Nutrition can advise farmers on how moist, and liquid feeds fit into their dietary system as well as on storing, preserving our feeds.
Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition
Jim Buckley

Jim Buckley

Managing Director, Specialist Nutrition

Jim comes from a family farm background in Co Kildare. After leaving school, Jim went to UCD School of Agriculture and achieved a B Agr. Sc (Hons) in 1985. For 13 years Jim worked in a leading Agricultural Merchant as General Manager.

In 1998, Jim joined Forage Systems as Managing Director and continued to grow the business which later became Specialist Nutrition with the development of moist and liquids feeds market. Specialist Nutrition is now the leading supplier of high-quality feeds and supplements to progressive dairy and beef farmers in Ireland and the UK.

Jim is a member of the Agricultural Science Association, Irish Farmers Association and Irish Holsten and Friesian Association.

Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group
Mia O’Loughlin

Mia O’Loughlin

Group Head of Marketing, Arvum Group

Mia is Group Head of Marketing responsible for delivering marketing strategy across the Arvum Group of companies. Mia has previously held senior marketing positions with some of Ireland's top brands, creating award-winning campaigns for …

Originally from a family business in Co. Wexford, Mia is a strategic thinker bringing a market-driven approach to deliver profitable growth within our companies. With a deep consumer and customer understanding, she brings her unique perspective to the delivery of our marketing strategy.

Mia is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) and Irish International Business Network (IIBN).

Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group
Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell

Group Finance Director, Arvum Group

Pat joined the Arvum Group as CFO in 2009. He holds an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland (UCC) and is a Member and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

He has twenty five years’ experience in senior finance and managerial roles across agri-business, high volume manufacturing and property sectors.

As well as finance, Pat takes a leading role in the information technology, compliance and legal aspects of the group’s various businesses.

Samantha Shapess

Samantha Shapess

Operations Manager
Samantha Shapess

Samantha Shapess

Operations Manager

Samantha Shapess has joined our growing US team as Operations Manager based in Syracuse, NY. While Sam is new to the New York dairy scene, she isn’t new to the New York farm scene, growing up in Phoenix, NY working on her families produce farm. Sam holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration as well as a MBA in Finance, achieving both degrees from SUNY Oswego.

Justin McDonagh

Justin McDonagh

Business Development Manager
Justin McDonagh

Justin McDonagh

Business Development Manager

Justin comes from a family farm on the West of Ireland. After completing his undergraduate degree in Animal & Crop Production from University College Dublin, Justin completed his PhD in Forage & Animal Science through Queens University Belfast. Most recently, Justin was awarded a diploma in Ruminant Nutrition from Harper Adams University in England. Justin has experience across many agricultural industries including the US, UK, Germany, and New Zealand. Previous to Justin joining Specialist Nutrition US in 2021, Justin worked for a ruminant feed mill in an on farm nutrition role. Justin remains committed to offering innovative farming feed solutions and sustainable animal nutrition.