One of the country's best known beef farmers Richard Booth has died.

Richard Booth, 57, who farmed on The Heath, near Portlaoise, Co Laois, died suddenly at his home.

He played a prominent role in Irish Farming Association politics for many years, and was a former chairman of both the IFA National Livestock Committee and the EU Beef Advisory Committee.

Mr Booth specialised in quality suckler, bull and heifer beef. 

He was also a grain grower.

Mr Booth wrote regularly on beef issues in the Irish Farmers Journal.

He is survived by his wife Mary, son Richard and three daughters Ailbhe, Anna and Ellen.

The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon.