Ballymote farmer Clive in running for farming award
Clive Bright, of Rare Ruminare, Ballymote, has been announced as one of ten 'Farming for Nature' Ambassadors in the running for the overall 'Farming for Nature Award' for 2019.
Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for their top pick, won last year by The Calveys of Achill Mountain Lamb.
Now in its second year, the prestigious award is part of a wider independent initiative (www.farmingfornature.ie) which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.
A short video has been made about each shortlisted farmer and now the public are being asked to view the films and vote for their favourite one, with voting ending on Thursday Oct 24th.
Organic farmer Clive rears 100% pasture-fed beef and lamb on his 120-acre farm in south Sligo. He sells his organic beef and lamb directly to the consumer under his own Rare Ruminare brand.
Sinead Moran, Founder of FOODTURE who nominated Clive, commented: "Upon taking over his family farm in 2003, Clive had two goals in mind, firstly to find a way for his farm to make a profit and secondly to do it without compromising the environment. In later years Clive discovered the ideas of Permaculture and Holistic Management and his whole farming philosophy started to fall into place. Clive sees his farm as an ecosystem in which, the livestock are just one part. He sees his role as managing the animals, so they maintain a balance within their niche."