13 December 2018
The Origin Green Farmer Awards, recognise and reward the exceptional performance of its Sustainable Quality Assurance schemes for beef, horticulture and dairy. These schemes are pivotal to differentiating Irish food products in the global marketplace; participating farms meet high standards around food safety, animal health, welfare and traceability.
The beef and dairy finalists were visited over recent weeks by the judges, from Bord Bia, Teagasc and the Farmers Journal who were impressed with the sustainability practices being adopted to raise efficiency and profitability. These include measures to improve animal performance, herd health and fertility, while controlling inputs such as concentrate feed and fertilizer.
Judging for the Horticulture sector was completed by experts from Teagasc, University College Dublin and I.T. Blanchardstown. The Judges commended the positive attitude and clear understanding of the importance of farm sustainability demonstrated by the finalists. Each finalist exhibited an inherent understanding of the importance and relevance of implementing strategies to promote safe working systems for staff, increased energy efficiency, and to protecting and enhancing biodiversity and the environment on their farms through the use of modern technologies allied to well-established good agricultural practices.