At a Tipperary Co-op/Teagasc farm development programme open day at Glen Tour Farms, Rossmore, County Tipperary, hosts Martin Ryan, Eamonn and Michael Slattery with William Meagher, vice-chairman Tip
Tipperary farmers Jim and Audrey Parkinson, New Inn, Cahir, will host the first of the Bord Bia and Teagasc September farm walks on Wednesday, 12th September, from 4-6pm.
The event will highlight the benefits of farming sustainably and how farmer commitments in the Quality Assurance Schemes and Origin Green are paying dividends in positioning Irish food as a premium product in international markets.
This is a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) approved, knowledge transfer (KT) event.
Jim and Audrey said they are looking forward to welcoming the group to their suckler to beef enterprise: “We are delighted to host such an event to show how farming sustainably has increased efficiencies on our farm and if we can help others make the changes necessary for their enterprises so much the better.”
Bord Bia Quality Assurance Manager Mick Houlihan said that the walks are part of the ongoing support to farmers to meet the requirements of domestic and international food buyers: “The reputation of Irish farmers, our Quality Assurance Schemes and Origin Green are key to our success in marketing Irish food and drink, and farmers will see the extent of this activity during the event and our plans for expansion. The integrity of the QA farm audit is critical to underpinning this reputation and these walks provide us with an opportunity to communicate to our farmers how best to prepare for the farm audit. ”
Local Teagasc adviser Michael Daly said: “This Teagasc-Bord Bia joint farm walk is a good opportunity for farmers to obtain information on export markets and see how Irish beef and lamb is marketed under the Origin Green national programme. Given the weather conditions to date, Teagasc will also address current management issues on dry-stock farms for the coming autumn/winter period”.