Top Origin Green farmers announced by Bord Bia
Published 21/10/2016 | 23:00
Some of Ireland's most sustainable and environmentally friendly farms were rewarded in the Origin Green Producer Awards.
Ireland’s most sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly family farms were honoured tonight at Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainable Producer Awards.
A total of 28 farms from across the country selected as finalists for the competition, from which eight producers were awarded as winners of their particular category.
Opening the awards Bord Bia’s CEO, Aidan Cotter, said each of the 28 finalists is here on the strength, firstly, of the outstanding scores they achieved in their farm audits and, secondly, the truly impressive commitment they have shown to sustainability in their farming activities.
"That sense of leadership is what will help us win in the marketplace, is what brings us here tonight and makes this an opportune time to celebrate what is best in Irish farming.”
Suckler to Beef Category: Alfie Kirwan’s suckler herd near Killimor, Co Galway has one of the highest calving rates in the country and is now converting to organic production, encouraged by demand for this premium niche market.
Suckler to Weanling/Store Category: Neville Myles, from Ballyshannon in Co Donegal, who runs a 70-cow suckler herd, was recognised for his quality breeding and grassland management that produces high-performing weanlings.
Weanling/Store to Beef Category: Tullamore based, Kieran Dooley, along with his brother Brian and son Joe, specialise in the intensive finishing of well-bred continental young bulls and heifers, and have a keen focus on market demand.