Food for thought at farm shows
Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30
Last weekend was one of the busiest in the food and farm show calendar.
Two events that I got to - the Taste of Cavan and Tullamore Show - were big successes providing plenty of food for thought, in every sense of the word.
Tullamore Show was blessed with balmy weather that had the large crowds lingering into the evening.
The Taste of Cavan continues to confound the sceptics - Cavan not being traditionally renowned as a foodie mecca. But the 30,000 that turned up at the Cavan Equestrian Centre obviously think differently.
And despite the strong emphasis on local producers, the event has grown into itself that it is now attracting producers from future afield.
Indeed it was the Brazilian dairy farmer, Greg Lyndsay that took my attention. He was one of the international speakers at the show, outlining what can only be described as a dairy paradise in central Brazil.
Land blocks of 1,000ha costing €4,000/ha and producing the equivalent of 37t/ha of drymatter, the highest average milk prices in the world curtesy of 750m litre deficit and a rapidly growing population that domestic milk supplies are struggling to keep up with.
No wonder Greg's company, Leitissimo, is undergoing "exponential" expansion. He even had some samples of his milk for Taste of Cavan visitors - it was well received, despite a 24-hour journey here through various airports, taxis and planes.