Great honour for Dunleer
farmer

Pictured is James Hoey with Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Origin Green Beef Sustainability Awards.
Dunleer based farmer, James Hoey was honoured at the Origin Green Beef Sustainability Awards which took place at the National Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, co Laois.

Dunleer based farmer, James Hoey was honoured at the Origin Green Beef Sustainability Awards which took place at the National Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, co Laois.

James, along with his father, operates an intensive beef finishing enterprise alongside a tillage enterprise of approximately 200ha at Drumcar, Dunleer.

The 22-year-old was one of three farmers to be shortlisted in the Weanling / Store to Beef category for his production practices.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney presented the beef farmers with their awards.

The awards were organised by Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc and the shortlisted farmers were selected from the membership of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Scheme, which includes over 43,000 beef farms. The final winners were decided following farm visits by the judging panel including representatives from Bord Bia, the Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc. Winners will be hosted on a three day beef study tour to France in 2015. Each of the category winners also received a set of farm weighing scales for their cattle handling facilities.