Future leaders of the Irish beef farming industry gathered at the Macra na Feirme tent last month for the launch of the second edition of the ‘Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme’ at the National Ploughing Championships. The year-long training programme has been dubbed the ‘Operation Transformation’ for young beef farmers in the past.
It’s organised by Macra Agricultural Skillnet in partnership with Dawn Meats. Those participating will gain valuable insights into efficiency, sustainability and value added for their own farms and an understanding of the beef industry from farm to fork. The Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme is designed to instil the confidence in young beef farmers to undertake on-farm projects that add value to their beef farming enterprise.
Speaking at the launch, Paul Nolan of Dawn Meats said, ‘ Last year’s programme was a huge success and it is great to see the enthusiasm the participants of this programme have for the future of our industry. At Dawn Meats we believe in supporting initiatives that ensure the Irish beef industry retains its excellent reputation and the Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme provides its participants with the knowledge and skills to become wonderful ambassadors for the beef sector.
Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, ‘ Macra Agricultural Skillnet is focused on educating our young farmers to ensure the Irish agricultural industry remains a global leader. Those taking part in this programme today will be the innovative beef farmers of tomorrow. I’d like to thank our partners Dawn Meats for their support and assistance with this initiative.