Our vision

To sustain, develop and grow the communities we serve across Ireland, through leadership and collaboration with our partners and industry.


Our mission

To provide the people and services you need, when you need them.

FRS Network

Providing the people you need when you need them

Our Values

Trust and Integrity: Our customer relationships are based on trust and integrity.  We are reliable in our services and we place strong emphasis on fairness and respect in our treatment of others.

Collaboration: We are committed to working with our partners, industry and the public sector to add value and deliver effective outcomes

Quality and Innovation: We strive continuously for progression, improvement and excellence throughout our services

Customer Care: Through our network of service centres, run by managers who pride themselves on knowing their customers, FRS understands exactly what our customers want, and we take management responsibility at local level to ensure that their needs are met.


FRS – The Journey

Idea Generation

  • 1970 – Voluntary relief milking groups formed to support farmers
  • 1979 – Macra Na Feirme organised first national meeting of their individual groups

FRS is born

  • 1980
    • National Co-op Farm Relief Services Ltd formed as a federal Co-op
    • Local voluntary group registered as a co-operative
    • Bringing relief farm services to farmers

FRS Timely Innovations

  • 1981 – FRS organised the First hoof care training course in Ireland
  • 1983 – FRS introduced the first ultrasound scanning of sheep and cows to Ireland
  • 1984 – Farm Accident & Sickness Scheme launched by FRS to service market need

FRS Diversifying with a changing Ireland

  • 1999 – FRS Recruitment set up by FRS

FRS strengthens collective structure

  • 2005 – FRS Network Amalgamated Society formed

FRS expert training resource

  • 2008 – FRS Training formed

 FRS  Membership Benefit Scheme to Farmers

  • 2013 –  Membership Benefit Scheme Launched

FRS Launches Innovative App for Farmers 

Turas Nua

FRS formed joint venture with Working Links UK and awarded Government contract to get people back to work in Ireland

  • 2014 Teagasc Contract

FRS awarded nationwide farm advisory services contract

  • 2015 Bord Bia Contract
  • 2015 FRS awarded farm sustainability scheme helpdesk contract

New National Office Development

  • 2017 Redevelopment and Expansion of National Headquarters in Roscrea

Amalgamation of NCFRS & Merge

  • 2018 NCRS & Merge amalgamate

100% Ownership of Turas Nua

  • 2019 FRS buy-out of Working Links shares

Acquired Get The Shifts 

2021 FRS acquires Get the Shifts, now called WrkWrk, to further grow market share of the temporary staffing market

Appointment of New CEO after 40+ years

  • 2022 Colin Donnery is appointed as new Group CEO. He succeeds Peter Byrne after over 40 years at the helm upon his retirement. 

Herdwatch Secures multi-million Investment

  • 2022  Herdwatch secures a multi-million-euro investment backed by Renatus Capital Partners. Founding members FRS Network remain significant shareholders.

FRS Today

FRS Network is a farmer owned co-operative organisation established in 1980 for the provision of skilled people to meet customer requirements. Through growth and diversification FRS have expanded into five distinct divisions intrinsically linked through the supply of expertly skilled people – farm services, fencing, training,  recruitment and herdwatch (shareholder) with a network of 20 offices nationwide and 20,000 customers.

Gender Pay Gap Report

Gender Pay Gap legislation requires employers with 250 or
more employees to publish statutory calculations every year showing the
difference between the average earnings of men and women within our business.

Click here to read the 2023 report.

Click here to read the 2022 report.