Janice Guinnane was crowned the winner of the Women in Farming Awards 2017 at the National Ploughing Championships in September.
The County Clare native helps run her family’s farm, spread over a 55-acre holding. The herd comprises of Limousins; Belgian-Blues; Herefords and a number of Simmentals.
Farming is a long-standing tradition in the family – the farm was inherited from her father’s great-aunt and as Janice is an only child, her route was always going to be agriculture. From a young age, she has been drafted in to help with dosing, cleaning, tagging and dehorning duties.
Speaking following her win, Janice said:
“I spotted the competition on Facebook. I would recommend this competition to every lady farmer. Even though we have been there down through the years, it has not been showcased as much.”
If you relish the idea of becoming an award-winning woman in agriculture, then submit your application now!
Entries are now being taken for Corrib Oil’s 2018 Women in Farming Awards. The competition, now in its fourth year strives to highlight the importance of women in farming; it shows that there are hundreds of farms that have women as their main driving force, many of which juggle this with family life and/or an on-farm job. The competition this year will follow a similar process - Farmers can enter the competition themselves or they can also be nominated by a friend or family member.
An application form with the following questions have to be answered – tell us a bit about yourself/nominee. How did you/nominee get involved in farming? What is your/nominees role within the farm? What do you regard as your/nominees greatest achievement on the farm? What area of the business do you/nominee take specific responsibility for? Give you the reasons why you/nominee should be Corrib Oil’s Lady Farmer of the year 2017?
This year’s three finalists will be contacted before the 27th of July 2018. The finalists must be able to facilitate a Farm Visit by the Judges as part of the judging process. The final will take Place at The National Ploughing Championships – Screggan Tullamore, Co Offaly. The date and time will be confirmed the week prior to the National Ploughing Championships. The winner will receive a Galway Crystal engraved plate along with €1,000 and there will also be two runners-up prizes up for grabs.
Entry forms for the Women on Farming Awards are now available at all Corrib oil Locations; on their website here and at local agricultural shows throughout the summer.