Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Awards19 January 2021 19 January 2021
Teagasc Grass10 and its partners which include AIB, FBD, Grassland Agro, Farmers Journal and Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine will host the annual Grassland farmer of the Year Awards on January 19th @2pm. This time we are going virtual so join a live award ceremony to recognise those farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner.
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition was originally launched in 2017 to coincide with the Year of Sustainable Grassland supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, in collaboration with other stakeholders which include Allied Irish Bank, FBD, Grassland Agro and the Farmers Journal including Teagasc as part of the Grass10 campaign.
The objective of the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition is to promote grassland excellence for all Irish livestock farmers in an environmental sustainable manner.
Teagasc research indicates that grass utilisation can be increased significantly on farm. With this background Grass10 launched a grassland competition to recognise those farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner. Practices used by these famers to increase grass production and utilisation, include soil fertility and nutrient management, sward renewal, grassland measurement and improving grazing infrastructure are judged in this competition and disseminated to other farmers as a result.
The competition aims to encourage farmers, across the country and across enterprise to optimise the use of the valuable resource that grass is on Irish farms.
The competition has seven categories with an overall prize fund of €30,000. Enterprise awards include Dairy, Sheep, Beef Suckling and Non-Suckling categories. Other categories include Disadvantaged Land winner, Sustainable Farming winner and a Young Farmer (under 30 years) category winner. The young farmer category can include entrants that are farm managers or farming in a collaborative arrangement.
Meet the 2020 finalists here