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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Dairy pair named Grassland Farmers of the Year

John McNamara and his family were awarded the overall prize at the Grassland Farmer of the Year awards.
John McNamara and his family were awarded the overall prize at the Grassland Farmer of the Year awards.
Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Limerick pair John and Olivia McNamara have been named Grassland Farmers of the Year.

The Knockainey dairy farmers were recognised for achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner.

The 7 Winners of the Category Awards were:

- Young Grassland Farmer of the Year – Niall Moloney, Crecora, Co Limerick   

- Heavy Soils/Disadvantaged land - Danny Bermingham, Doonbeg, Co Clare  

- Southern region – Michael Ryan, Cashel, Co Tipperary  

- Northern region – Peter Farrell, Kilmessan, Co Meath  

- Dairy enterprise award – John Macnamara, Knockainey, Co Limerick  

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- Sheep enterprise award – Tomas O’Leary, Headford, Kilarney, Co Kerry  

- Beef enterprise award - John Watchorn, New Ross, Co Wexford 

Two Grassland Merit Awards were awarded to:

– Most improved grassland – John Leahy, Athea, Co. Limerick  

– Grazing management – Neill Boland, Enniscrone, Co Sligo 

Teagasc's Liam Herlihy said the awards showcase the best farmers in the country many who are using Teagasc's grass management online tool, PastureBase.

"2018 has taught us how important grass production is to our beef, sheep and dairy enterprises. It gives us our comparative advantage in ruminant based production systems," he said.

" This competition showcases the top farmers in the country who are using best practice in grassland management and the latest research on their farms. The Teagasc web based grassland system, PastureBase Ireland, is a critical resource to these farmers’ grassland management systems.”

Prizes were awarded by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in Moorepark, Fermoy.

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