Here at That's Farming we know the value of good people and groups they make a difference to our sector and the community as a whole. So here's our That's Farming Good List 2016. Take a bow, folks!
Twenty-three year old Claremorris, Co. Mayo native Kevin Moran, was crowned FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2016. He donated his prize money, a total of €3,000 to Grace O’ Malley, a young child suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). You can read the heart-touching story here
The dairy farmer also featured on our first radio show back in September. Listen back here!
- Agribusiness Awards & all the winners
Nineteen awards were dished out to numerous Agribusiness industry professionals at a gala event in Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin back in November. We put our hands up and agree that the team at Agribusiness Awards did a fantastic job, organising this event, second year running!
We were honoured to become media partners of this inaugural event and you can get the round-up, with some of the nights highlights here!
The list of winners can be found here!
- Farm Safety Awareness- With it being year another year filled with devastating farm accidents, injuries, deaths and fatalities, the team at That’s Farming always wish to recognise and highlight the work of those in area of farm safety.
One such lady doing highly admirable work is Alma Jordan, founder of AgriKids, which celebrated its first anniversary earlier this year.
The ball was set rolling back in 2014 in the midst of Ireland’s worst year on record for farm safety. As a farmer’s wife and a Mother, Alma set about developing a strategy that would positively engage, empower and educate young children on how they can be farm safe and stay farm safe.
We have caught up with Alma several times this year! Check out this video.
- Extraordinary fifth class students, Aoibheann Mangan and Padraic Godwin of Cloghans Hill National School scooped the prestigious Pride of Ireland Social Awareness Campaigner award for their website Farmsafety4kids.net, earlier this year, yet another title to add to several other achievements. Despite their tender age, the pupils were joint winners of a People of the Year Award last year. We caught up with the dynamic duo earlier this year to get the low down on their farm safety initiative.
- This year saw the intake of another grouping of graduates in the areas of Agriculture, Commercial, Technical, Finance, IT, Engineering, HR, and Manufacturing as part of ABP’s Graduate Training Programme.
- Teagasc-There has also been several major appointments to Teagasc.
- Farm Managers Recruitment Agency
This year, I.F.M.A, the Irish Farm Managers Association established an agency in order to assist with the location of suitable employment for qualified farm managers. It is strongly believed that Farm managers will play a big role in the heart of the Food Harvest 2020 plan, to boost Irish agri-food exports by 42%. Several training programmes are now in place. Check out current available positions here!
- The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) has launched a retail development programme to help unemployed people find job opportunities in the retail sector.
Dovea Genetics hosted a charity auction in aid of Bóthar at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The relationship between Bóthar and the semen company goes back for over a period of twenty years.
Dovea had the support of several sports personalities as they auctioned off six heifers, in aid of the charity, now in its 25th year.
UCD AgSoc, a charitable organisation run by Agricultural Science students and Auditor T.J. Duffy, in University College Dublin, raised a whopping €42,000 during the college year.
The record sum was raised through the hosting of ‘Ag Week’, a charity auction; taking place in Aurivo Mart, Balla, Co. Mayo and the raffling of a pedigree Angus heifer.
€32,000 was donated to Console, the national Suicide prevention charity of Ireland, with an additional €5,000 being donated to both East Clare Saint Vincent de Paul & CRY - Cardiac Arrest in the young, in honour of students who sadly lost their lives during their time studying Agricultural Science in UCD.
Irish Farmers Calendar
Some of the island’s finest farmers have manned up, taken off their tops, and posed for the eagerly awaited annual production of Irish Farmer Calendar 2017.
Dundrum’s Ciara Ryan has kindly decided to donate 25% of profits from the calendar series to Bóthar also. See more here!