Brendan Kirk, a farmer from Castlebellingham, has been nominated for the first-ever Bord Bia Origin Green Farmer Awards, putting him among the most efficient farmers in the country.
Origin Green is the world’s first national programme to address climate change and the broader sustainability challenges in food and agriculture.
Bord Bia is inaugurating the Farmer Awards this year to mark the exceptional performance being achieved by members of Bord Bia’s Beef and dairy sustainability assurance schemes, which are pivotal to differentiating Irish food and drink in the global marketplace.
Nominated for the category of Suckler to Beef Production, Mr Kirk manages 50 hectares of grassland for cattle and sheep, as well as co-managing a tillage enterprise.
He manages a 50-cow suckler herd which calves from January to March, as well as 250 ewes.
The enterprise is a part of the Louth Quality Beef Producer group, and rears cattle on a diet of home-grown cereals, beet, silage and straw. For young bulls, he has achieved an average carcass weight of 392kg at less than 16 months, while for Heifers, there is a 370kg average at 22 months.