Cathal and Rita Rudden – winners of the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award
Cavan suckler farmer, Cathal Rudden and his wife Rita, won the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award in May. Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer, introduces Cathal's farm and discusses the farm forest and woodland awards. We also hear from Cathal Rudden about his farm in a video here
Winner of the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award
The Royal Dublin Society announced that the winner of the 2022 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award is Cavan farmer Cathal Rudden.
Farming 48 hectares in Stradone, Co Cavan, Cathal Rudden manages a suckler herd and a substantial young forest enterprise. In 2014, Cathal decided to plant mainly for economic reasons identifying forestry as a steady and reliable income stream providing him with security to plan and manage the rest of his farm enterprise. Today, half of Cathal’s farm is planted with a highly productive mix of Sitka Spruce and Oak, which he manages as a good, long-term economic and environmental investment for him and his family.
RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award Category
The Teagasc Farm Forestry Award recognises working farmers who are integrating forestry and farming for environmental, social and economic benefits.
This category aims to promote the positive sustainable contribution of forestry as an integral enterprise within the wider farming profile. It acknowledges the farmer’s role in actively integrating and managing the forest and promoting tree planting to strengthen wider farming sustainability.
RDS Forest and Woodland Awards
The RDS Forest and Woodland Awards are Ireland’s national forestry awards. They recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of climate-smart agriculture on their properties including sound commercial management, environmental protection and encouragement of biodiversity.
For more information on all aspects of forest creation management and training visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry
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