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The Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards – Looking outside the box for Innovation in Rural Ireland


Innovation on the island of Ireland is set to receive a major boost with the announcement of the Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards. The competition is run in association with DARD, Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc and seeks out rural innovations. In supporting farms, businesses and rural communities in Ireland we are making a positive influence on current and future generations of our society in terms of jobs, lifestyle and ensuring a vibrant & sustainable community.

Innovation is key in Dairymaster and the strength of our belief in the importance of rural innovation is the main driver why Dairymaster are sponsoring these awards. “As a company we’ve always focused on innovation but we have also experienced the benefit of having that work recognised,” explained Dr Edmond Harty, CEO Dairymaster. “Having won the top three innovation awards around the globe in agriculture in the last year as well as previously winning the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, we have seen first-hand the boost to business, to recognition and to morale that they bring.”

Spread across three categories the Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards are covering:
Farm Innovations: This category is open to all innovations that can make a real difference on farms which have commercial application.
Rural Business Innovations: This category is open to innovations in any rural business. Rural business is a key economic driver for farm families, right across Ireland.
Community Focused Innovations: This category is open to all innovations that make society a better place, ensuring a vibrant forward looking community.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce that the overall award winner will receive a prize fund of €15,000, which is made up of a cash injection of €5,000, mentoring of €5,000, and advertising worth €5,000,” said Peter Young, Irish Farmers Journal. Category winners and finalists will also receive prizes as laid out online at www.ruralinnovation.ie.

The Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards are now open to entries through website www.ruralinnovation.ie and the closing date for entries is Thursday 12th March. The assessment of entries will take place mid-April and the overall winners are to be announced on Tuesday 26th May this year.