Munster Bovine is Ireland’s largest integrated farm services organisation located in Ballyvorisheen, Mallow, Co. Cork. It is a farmer-owned collective with Dairygold, Kerry Agribusiness and Shinagh Estates as its shareholders. The business provides AI Services, Milk Recording and Herd Health to over 9,000 herd owners across Munster and Galway.
The company was founded by Dr. J.J. R. Nagle who pioneered artificial insemination in Ireland in the 1940s. Munster Bovine remains at the cutting edge of innovation in farming; currently developing smart technology that will guide the future of herd management decisions.
1. Customers were referring to the company in numerous ways thereby diluting brand equity e.g. ‘Munster AI’ and ‘Dairygold AI’.
2. The brand identity was being altered to suit different touchpoints contributing to confusion around the company name.
3. Multiple brand names were being used online to represent the company (website and social media).
4. The brand needed to effectively communicate to customers the fully integrated nature of the farm services rather than three disconnected farm services being marketed.
We were challenged to conduct comprehensive brand research and deliver a brand strategy report and brand identity design. Subsequently, we were asked to devise a brand communications strategy to roll-out the new brand internally and to the 9,000 herd owners across Munster and Galway. This brief required the following scope of work:
1. Conduct comprehensive brand research with key stakeholders and a representative sample of customers.
2. Using insights obtained, devise a brand strategy that will reduce confusion, ensure consistency and build brand loyalty.
3. Design a distinctive brand identity that is congruent with the business’ personality and will connect with herd owners. This new identity must connect with talented graduates who want to work for a progressive company.
4. Develop a brand communications strategy with the marketing team to deliver clear and consistent messaging to key customer segments.
5. Recommend a number of specialists and advise them on how the brand’s look and feel should be carried across signage, vehicle livery and videography.
Brand Research & Insights
Extensive employee and customer research conducted unearthed a number of the following key insights:
1. Customers view the brand name, ‘Munster Cattle Breeding Group’, as being overly long as they often shorten it to just ‘Munster’.
2. ‘Cattle Breeding’ does not accurately reflect the fully integrated services the company provides to herd owners. Unlike others, AI services is just one of three key farm services offered to herd owners.
3. Customers often use one/two of the company’s integrated farm services, unaware of the potential to maximise herd performance by using AI services, Milk recording and herd health together.
Research revealed that customers deeply resonate with the word ‘Munster’. Munster is seen to have strong brand recognition and positive customer perceptions of ‘provenance’ and ‘supporting local’. For this reason, it was imperative to retain ‘Munster’ within the brand name.
In place of ‘Cattle Breeding Group’, the company required a word that unifies what is common across the three integrated services. Each service offered is centered around the bull (for genetics) and the cow (for milk recording & herd health). Together, the cow and bull is scientifically classified as ‘Bos Taurus’ (‘Cow Bull’ in Latin) which translates to ‘Bovine’ in English.
Munster Bovine more accurately reflects the business’ expertise in providing fully integrated farm services around the bovine animal.
Collectively Improving Farm Life
Collectively: Munster Bovine is a farmer owned collective, working together for the betterment of herd owners.
Improving: Its people believe in continuous improvement through the use of fully integrated farm services.
Farm Life: Munster Bovine want customers to feel like they belong to something that not only improves their herd, but their quality of life and overall work-life balance.
To be recognised as pioneers in sustainably maximising bovine performance while collectively improving farm life.
Brand Identity Design
The new brand identity required an independent symbol that can be used across all key touch points. This brand symbol was designed in accordance with the following rationale:
Central circle: The Bovine Animal
DNA Strand: Superior Genetics
Full Service Integration: Maximises Herd Performance
Data Points: Units of Herd Information
Complete Brand Symbol
The brand name is styled in a bespoke font with friendly curves to compliment the agri-tech look and feel of the symbol. ‘Munster’ is given heavier typography to accentuate the positive perceptions of ‘supporting local’ held by customers.
Brand Collateral & Vehicle Livery
Branding Solutions Delivered
- Market Research & Analysis
- Strategic Brand Workshop
- Brand Name
- Brand Positioning
- Brand Architecture
- Brand Vision
- Brand Communications Strategy
- Strategic Brand Advisory
- Brand Identity Design
- Brand Identity Guidelines
- Brand Collateral