Seedtech have today, September 26th, announced the winners of a competition they launched in August of this year, Read about the competition here.
Seedtech were offering three growers the chance to get their hands on 5 hectares of Belfry Hybrid barley, each! Seedtech announced the names of the three lucky winners today, with winners from Kildare, Tipperary and Waterford.
The first winner named was Luke Cunningham from Co. Waterford.
Luke runs a mixed tillage, sheep and cattle farm alongside his father, Matt, in Ardmore, West Waterford. Having grown Quadra Hybrid Barley on their farm for the last 2 years, Luke says they now plan on making 40% of the winter barley crop sowed, Hybrid barley.
“It was a pleasant surprise to win this prize; I planned on growing Bazooka and Belfry Hybrid Barley this year anyway so this is an added bonus.” said Luke after receiving his prize.
The second winner announced was Michael O’Neil from Co. Tipperary. Michael is a busy contractor based in Cahir, Co. Tipperary and also manages a tillage and beef farm.
Michael grew Hybrid Barley for the first time last year and was very happy with the performance. He grew Bazooka, which achieved 4.1tonnes per acre. Michael believes the greater yields were due to using Hybrid Barley and spoke of his happiness at the prize, stating he “very happy to receive this prize from Seedtech”.
The third and final competition winner revealed, was Pat Keenan from Co. Kildare.
Pat runs a mixed tillage and suckler farm near Rathangan, Co. Kildare and has never previously grown Hybrid barley. He admitted he was very keen to try the crop on his farm over the coming months.
“I’ve been listening to how other farmers are getting on with Hybrids and hearing good things; so I’ve been planning on trying them out. This prize gives me the perfect opportunity to do that.” he said.
As the newest Hybrid Barley to come to market, based on the recently released 2019 DAFM Recommended List results, all three growers will be sowing the winter barley variety with the best combination of yield, straw and grain quality, and disease resistance.
Belfry Hybrid Barley, along with the varieties Quadra and Bazooka, are available for sale from merchants through-out the country. Seedtech can be contacted on 051 832814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.