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Donegal farmers shortlisted for awards 03.12.18

DEREK and Gareth Peoples, beef farmers from Carrigans, have been shortlisted for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Farmer Awards. The biennial awards recognise and reward the exceptional performance being achieved by members of its Sustainable Quality Assurance schemes for beef, horticulture and dairy. These schemes are pivotal to differentiating Irish food products in the global marketplace.
Derek and his son Gareth run a beef, tillage and forestry farm in Tullyannon. They have been nominated in the ‘Dairy Calf to Beef’ category at the awards. Their farm, along with the 38 other participating farms, meets high standards around hygiene, farm safety, traceability, animal welfare, remedy use and commitment to their locality.
Derek Peoples (2nd left) with judges Aidan Murray, Teagasc (L), Joe Burke, Bord Bia and Adam Woods, Irish Farmers Journal.
The overall category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on Wednesday 12th December.
Chief Executive of Bord Bia Tara McCarthy paid tribute to the achievements of all the finalists, saying: “The farmers chosen as finalists for these awards are already regarded by the industry as being among the very best. Their commitment to sustainable production through the Origin Green programme and willingness to have their achievements judged by a panel of experts shows their ambition to be the best and to make the Irish food and drink industry a world leader.”
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