Teagasc’s Grassland Farmer of the Year competition was launched at the weekend by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
In its second year, the competition acknowledges dairy, beef and sheep farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation on their farms. Minister Creed was attending a Grass10 farm walk on the farm of Ger Dineen in Co. Cork - National Beef Winner of the 2017 Grassland Farmer of the Year awards.
Ger is an excellent example of a farmer who is growing and grazing more grass, which is improving the profitability of his business. Over 300 people attended the event to see for themselves what the Cork farmer is doing right. The Teagasc Grass10 campaign is focussed on increasing the quantity of grass utilised on livestock farms with the objective of achieving 10t DM/ha per annum utilised, with 10 grazings per paddock per year.
Coordinator of the Teagasc Grass10 campaign, John Maher said: “Grass is the key to profitable and sustainable milk and meat production in Ireland.
“Through the Grass10 campaign and through this Grassland Farmer of the Year competition, we want to encourage farmers, across the country and across the enterprises to optimize the use of the valuable resources that grass is on Irish farms,” he added.The closing date for applications to the 2018 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition is July 20th.