Bord Bia Honours Ireland’s Sustainable Farmers
Congratulations to Glanbia Ireland milk suppliers Shane and Dermot O’Loughlin, Oghill, Co. Kildare on taking home the award for the ‘Large Herd Category’ at the Awards ceremony.
Bord Bia honoured Ireland's most sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly family farms on Wednesday 12 December, at the Origin Green Farmer Awards in Killenard, Co.Laois.
Over 240 farmers and senior representatives from farming organisations and the agri-food industry gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 39 finalists, drawn from the dairy, beef and horticulture sectors across the country.
Eleven category winners were announced on the night following a rigorous process that included on-farm judging by teams from Bord Bia, Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal, UCD and IT Blanchardstown (see list of winners below).
Opening the awards ceremony Bord Bia's Chairperson Dan MacSweeney highlighted the importance of sustainable food production to the future of Irish farming and rural economies: “Origin Green can help shape a future that’s better for all of us. The rewards for our success in this regard are potentially huge. In addition to supporting on-farm sustainability efforts, Origin Green supports our marketing and sales efforts, playing a key role in helping us meet the ambitious targets of Food Wise 2025, which see our food and drink exports grow to €19 billion annually by the middle of the next decade.
This isn’t just a win for industry, it translates into more value coming back to the rural economy right across Ireland, as growth in sustainably produced food and drink delivers jobs and activity to local communities now and in the future.”
Presenting the awards Bord Bia CEO, Tara McCarthy paid tribute to the achievements of all the finalists: “The pursuit of excellence by Origin Green farmers is at the heart of the Irish food and drink industry’s export success in a challenging, consumer-driven trading environment.
Bord Bia highlights these family farms to food buyers who are looking for living examples of the highest values in Irish food production. When they visit these farms they see the commitment to protecting the land and its environment for future generations of food producers and consumers.
Tonight’s finalists are producing beef with a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average producer and producing milk with a 16% lower carbon impact. These are the solid proof points that impress international customers who are seeking solutions to their consumers` demands for more sustainably produced food. It is from this solid foundation that we can build durable relationships with food buyers for the food we export.”
All finalists will be invited by Bord Bia to participate in an organised visit to an overseas market to see how Bord Bia uses their achievements in sustainability to win new business.
Rath, Co. Offaly
Reduced carbon footprint
The Crowley Family (Trevor Crowley)
Lissarda, Co. Cork
Shane and Dermot O’Loughlin
Oghill, Co. Kildare
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Protected crops and fruit
Bealinstown, Swords, Co. Dublin
Ballyhealy, Kilmore, Co. Wexford
John B Dockrell
Screen, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Suckler to beef
Golden, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Suckler to weanling/store production
Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Weanling/store to beef production
Ballygalda, Co. Roscommon
Dairy calf to beef production
Derek and Gareth Peoples
Carrigans, Co. Donegal
Carrigans, Co. Donegal
First Published 18 December 2018