Two Carrigans beef farmers, who are father and son, have been have been shortlisted for Bord Bia’s Origin Green Farmer Awards.
Derek and Gareth Peoples run a beef, tillage and forestry farm in Tullyannon.
The biennial awards recognise and reward the exceptional performance being achieved by members of its Sustainable Quality Assurance schemes for beef, horticulture and dairy.
The Peoples farm is one of 38 farms that meet high standards around hygiene, farm safety, traceability, animal welfare, remedy use and commitment to their locality.
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.”
She added: “These are the farmers Bord Bia will be looking to when we are demonstrating to food buyers the solid foundations on which the Irish food and drink industry has been built and why it is sustainable into the future.”
The overall category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on Wednesday, December 12.Tags: