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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cork's Tait crowned the finest seed grower in quality awards

Goldcrop honoured its top quality seed growers at a special inaugural awards ceremony in Kilkenny today. Cork farmer Jim Tait, Whitegate, East Cork, was presented with the inaugural Overall Quality Seed Grower Award by Goldcrop Managing Director, John Murphy. Pictured at the event at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny was from left Donal Fitzgerald, Goldcrop; David and Jim Tait.
Goldcrop honoured its top quality seed growers at a special inaugural awards ceremony in Kilkenny today. Cork farmer Jim Tait, Whitegate, East Cork, was presented with the inaugural Overall Quality Seed Grower Award by Goldcrop Managing Director, John Murphy. Pictured at the event at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny was from left Donal Fitzgerald, Goldcrop; David and Jim Tait.
Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

Cork tillage farmer Jim Tait was crowned the top seed grower of the year this week when he won the inaugural Overall Quality Seed Grower Award, which is sponsored by Goldcrop.

A native of Whitegate in east Cork, Jim's winning crop was Cassia winter barley yield that yielded 4.9t/ac at moisture of 16.5pc , KPH of 71 and screenings of just 1pc.

Presenting the inaugural overall quality winner, Goldcrop managing director John Murphy, congratulated Jim.

"Jim has been supplying quality seed to Goldcrop for decades and runs a very efficient and high-performing operation which always consistently produces top class seed.

This quality award scheme acknowledges and rewards Jim and all our dedicated seed growers for their hard work and commitment," he said.

The six category winners included:

* Barley North: Alan Bothwell, Belmont, Carlingford, Co Louth

* Oats North: John McGrane, Hammondstown, Dunleer, Co Louth

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* Wheat North: Donal Hartford, Lunderstown, Dunleek, Co Meath

* Barley South: Jim Tait, Ballyvoloon, Whitegate, Co Cork

* Oats South: Tom & John Coleman, Quanstown House, Piercestown, Co Wexford

* Wheat South: Barry & Betty Flavin, Ballyhimikin, Ladybridge, Co Cork.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture has announced the launch of the online registration facility for pesticide advisors and inspectors of pesticide application equipment as part of the implementation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive.

The directive establishes a framework for EU action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides by setting minimum rules to reduce risks to human health and the environment from the use of pesticides.

Registration of properly trained individuals is a key requirement of the directive.

Advisors currently practising and inspectors of pesticide application equipment must register with the Department of Agriculture by November 26.

In registering, advisors and equipment inspectors commit to participating in continuous professional education in order to maintain their registration. The online registration system is available on the Department website at www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/SUD.htm.

Irish Independent