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Farm walk to highlight benefits of QA scheme 19.09.18

DEREK and Gareth Peoples of Tullyannon in Carrigans are set to host a Knowledge Transfer (KT) farm walk hosted by Bord Bia and Teagasc. This walk is part a series of farm walks held around the country designed to highlight the benefits of Quality Assurance (QA) schemes and provide guidance on QA audit compliance to farmers.
Mick Houlihan, Bord Bia Quality Assurance manager said “Irish farmers who are part of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance (QA) scheme and Origin Green play a critical role in meeting the demands of food buyers and consumers for assurances around traceability, sustainability and animal welfare.”
Farmers attending a KT farm walk in Cahir, Tipperary last week.
As well as providing insights into Bord Bia’s Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) audit, the walks will cover farm safety, Origin Green at farm and international marketing levels. Information on markets for Irish beef and lamb will also be discussed.
Mick continued “Involvement in quality and sustainability schemes really gives Irish farmers an edge and a connection with consumers. The commitment shown by Irish farmers is a vital component in positioning Irish food as a premium product in international markets.”
Farm walk attendees will receive a Quality Assurance Information Booklet, which will clearly outline what is required of farmers to pass their SBLAS audit and will provide tips on how to accurately complete records and avoid some commonly made errors.
Teagasc advisor, Ruth Fennell commented “This walk gives farmers the opportunity to ask questions and address issues they may have around their audit.”
The event is being held on Friday, 28th September, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm at Tullyannon, Carrigans, Co Donegal, F93 HK20.
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