A young Donegal farmer has placed in the Top 3 of a Macra na Feirme silage competition in association with Aurivo Co Op and their Nutrias brand of animal feeds.
Matthew Lecky from Donegal came second in the competition which was open to young farmer members in County Donegal and across the region.
The competition winner was Kevin McCaul from Monaghan Macra na Feirme, with Diarmuid Murray from Roscommon taking third place.
(Featured Image: (l-r) Justin McDonagh, Nutrias; James Healy, Macra Na Feirme National President; 2nd Placed winner Matthew Lecky and Stephen Blewitt, Aurivo General Manager Agri. Pic: Frances Muldoon Photography.)
Sample bags were distributed through the Macra na Feirme young farmer development groups throughout the Winter.
Samples were tested by Aurivo in their testing laboratory. Entrants were then contacted by Aurivo farm commercial specialists / nutritionists with their results. Entrants received animal nutrition advice on receipt of the results.
An Aurivo nutritional analysis event was held in the Sligo Park Hotel in recent weeks where the winners were announced. The speakers on the night included Enda Faulkner, Aurivo Farm Profitablity Programme; Tom Coll, Teagasc Advisor; Colm Stenson, Macra na Feirme member who spoke about the Macra / Dawn Young Beef Farmer Sustainability programme; David Blair, Donegal Macra na Feirme member who won this competition last year and James Healy, Macra na Feirme National President.
The young farmers with the top seven silage samples were interviewed by a judging panel on that evening and the winners were announced that night. Judging was based on the young farmers silage sample result but also on the young farmers farming methods.Tags: