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2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony Webinar

On Tuesday, 19 January, the Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony took place as a live webinar. During this live webinar, the 15 finalists were profiled and winners of each category along with the overall winner were announced.

Caroline Walsh from Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork was announced as the Overall Winner of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020..


  • Shane Kinsella, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny 
  • Niall Callanan, Craughwell, Co. Galway
  • John O Connell, Rathduff, Co. Cork 
  • Graham Swanton, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • James Hoey, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Category winners:

Young Farmer Category – David O’Leary, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
Heavy Soils/Disadvantaged Land Category – Sean Barry, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick
Sustainable Farming Category – John Galvin, Dunmanway, Co. Cork

Enterprise Category Winners:

Sheep Category – Peter McGuinness, Trim, Co. Meath
Dairy Category – Caroline Walsh, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Beef Production (non-suckling) Category– Pat Collins, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork
Suckler Beef Production Category– Thomas Hogan, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Grassland Merit Awards:

Most Improved Grassland – Noel Hurley, Kildorrery, Co. Cork
Most Improved Grassland – David Brady, Stradone, Co. Cavan
Sustainable Grassland – JP Hammersley, Lattin, Co. Tipperary

See further information on all finalists Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020

Watch the Awards Ceremony below

The Grassland Farmer of the Year awards are part of the Teagasc Grass10 campaign which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Teagasc, AIB, FBD Insurance, Grassland Agro and the Irish Farmers Journal. The first 4 year phase of the programme has been completed and the second phase commences in 2021