The Origin Green Sustainable Beef and Dairy Producer Awards recognise the exceptional improvements in sustainability achieved by farmers on the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme. 28 farmers in the beef and dairy sectors have been nominated for the awards, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony on the 21st of October.
Judges from Bord Bia and Teagasc selected the nominees, with improvements in various areas, including animal performance, herd health and fertility, and control on inputs such as feed and fertilizer.
Ireland is the first country in the world to audit and carbon-footprint its farms on a national scale, at a rate of 650 a week as part of a pro-active approach to sustainability.
Bord Bia Chief Executive Aidan Cotter, has said: “It is important for Bord Bia to acknowledge, celebrate and showcase best practice, efficient farmers who continue to lead by example. In what is a difficult year for farm incomes, lowering the farm’s Carbon Footprint through efficiency gains will not only reduce production cost and improve on-farm profitability, but will also enhance returns from the marketplace”.
See the shortlist of farmers who have been nominated below.
|Kathleen O’Riordan||Moneygave East, Enniskeane, Co. Cork|
|Alfie Kirwan||Hearnabrook, Killimor, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway|
|Brendan Kirk||Woodtown, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth|
|Kieran Hallahan||Bewley, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford|
|Neville Myles||Legaltion, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal|
|Kenneth Graham||Cappanacleare, Mountrath, Co. Laois|
|Michael O’Sullivan||Lisballyhea, Charleville, Co. Cork|
|Shaun Toland||Kildrum, Carrigans, Co. Donegal|
|Kieran Dooley||Leabeg, Tullamore, Co. Offaly|
|Pat & Tom Redmond||Craan, Craanford, Gorey, Co. Wexford|
|William Nolan & Louise Hennessy||Tiermore, Elphin, Co. Roscommon|
|Tim O’Connell||New Haggard, Trim, Co. Meath|
|Donal O’Connor||Reavoler, Drinagh, Dunmanway, Co. Cork.||Drinagh|
|John Joe & Theresa O’Sullivan||Gurrane, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.||Lisavaird|
|Dermot A Walsh||Currihy, Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork.||Barryroe|
|Brendan Brady||Knockmullane, Innishannon, Co. Cork.||Bandon|
|Thomas Buckley||Ballinahina, Dublin Pike, Co. Cork.||Clóna Dairy|
|Tim Twomey||Glen South, Banteer, Co. Cork.||North Cork Co-op|
|Johnny Lane||Dromscarra, Kiskeam, Mallow, Co. Cork.||Boherbue Co-op|
|John Hannigan||Sansfields, Dromcollogher, Co.Limerick||Kerry Co-op|
|Thomas Culloty||Curravough, Tralee, Co. Kerry.||Lee Strand|
|Michael Power||Forkhill Graine, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny.||Glanbia|
|Tony McCormack||Melview, Longford, Co. Longford.||Aurivo|
|Eamonn Gargan||Leitrim, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Meath.||Lakeland Dairies|
|Dermot Sherry||Drumhillock, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan.||LacPatrick|
|Patrick Brennan||Lurganross, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary||Arrabawn|
|Peter, Sheila & Simon Breen||Gorteen, Emly, Co. Tipperary.||Tipperary Co-op|
|Patricia & Patrick Shine||Ballylaffin, Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.||Dairygold|