Finnebrogue founder dies in quad bike accident

Written by Iain Hoey

Northern Ireland agri businessman Denis Lynn has died following a quad bike accident on Sunday night.

Mr Lynnn, 63, was the founder of Finnebrogue in Downpatrick which championed his locally produced food including venison and a range of bacon and sausages.

He started his career selling pies from a van and quickly expanded into selling pre-cooked chips and then into farming. Based at the Finnebrogue Estate in County Down Denis developed the Naked Bacon range which was free from nitrites and then a range of sausages.

More recently he was leading an expansion into plant based foods and already had completed a new factory to produce that new range. The company employs around 1,000 people across four sites in County Down and supplies several major UK supermarkets.

A statement released by Finnebrogue read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Denis Lynn. Our thoughts are with Denis’s wife Christine, his children Kerry, Clare, Tara and Ciara and the entire family at this incredibly difficult time.

“Denis was an innovator and a visionary with an infectious passion for delivering positive change for the planet and its people. He leaves behind an extraordinary list of achievements.

“Denis also leaves behind Finnebrogue and a vision for its future. Finnebrogue was his creation. It now falls on all of us, the Finnebrogue family, to continue his outstanding work.

Non-executive director David Manning has been appointed interim-chairman with immediate effect. Non-executive director Colin Walsh has been appointed interim deputy-chairman.

The Hamilton family who own the Mash Direct food business said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend Denis Lynn. Our thoughts are with his wife Christine and daughters Kerry, Clare, Tara and Ciara at this difficult time.

“Denis was an incredible innovator who delivered positive change in the world and this spanned well beyond his extraordinary business achievements.”

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...