Applications are now being invited for The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition which is being run as part of the Teagasc Grass10 grassland campaign.
The focus of Grass 10 is to increase the quantity of grass utilised on livestock farms with the objective of achieving 10 tonnes of grass dry matter per hectare per annum utilised, with 10 grazings per paddock per year.
This competition aims to promote excellence in grassland management among all livestock farmers.
In order to strengthen coherence between the two initiatives, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, along with other stakeholders are supporting the competition.
Andrew Doyle TD – Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture said: “This competition will bring the message to farm level that more effective utilisation of the national grassland resource also has the potential to further reduce negative environmental impacts while supporting increased productivity. I encourage grassland farmers to apply.”
Optimise grass utilisation
Coordinator of the Teagasc Grass 10 Campaign, John Maher said: “Grass is the key to profitable and sustainable milk and meat production in Ireland. Through the Grass 10 campaign and through this Grassland Farmer of the Year competition, we want to encourage farmers, across the country and across the enterprises to optimise the use of the valuable resources that grass is on Irish farms.”
The competition has seven categories with an overall prize fund of €30,000. Enterprise awards include dairy, sheep, beef suckling and non-suckling categories.
Other categories include disadvantaged land winner, sustainable farming winner and a young farmer (under 30 years) category winner. The young farmer category can include entrants that are farm managers or farming in a collaborative arrangement.
Entry forms are available here and from local Teagasc advisory offices; the deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 31st 2019.