Mullahoran farmer Eddie Lynch was the overall winner in the FBD National Farmyard Awards 2016 recently.
Eddie and his wife Zara farm 227 acres of land and run a commercial suckler beef herd.
The couple, who have three children Kate (12), Ben (6) and Maria (4), breed and sell purebred Limousin cattle and also have 100 sheep.
Speaking to the Leader on Friday, Eddie said he was delighted to receive the award.
“The yard is generally in good shape because of the genetics side of things, but it was great to win the award,” he laughed.
“It was nice to be involved in the competition and to get a bit of recognition as well.”
Eddie has developed a thriving embryo transfer business - Bovi Genetics - that operates out of his farmyard.
Six purebred Limousin cows produce all the embryos for the herd and the yard and its environs are maintained to the highest standards.
Safety is also a priority at the site and the Mullahoran man has installed electric gates and CCTV that is connected to his phone.
Investment is also key at the farm.
“Bulls occupy individual reinforced pens with appropriate water and feeding stations,” said Eddie before pointing out the pens were set up for the safe handling and movement of the animals.
Because of the embryo transfer business, the Lynchs often have a large number of valuable animals on the farm belonging to other farmers during the harvesting and implantation of embryos.
This requires excellent handling facilities throughout - something that is evident across the farming enterprise.
The local man also has a special interest in machinery and his machines are kept in perfect working order with all safety guards maintained.
Eddie also has a workshop, chemical store and machine stores alongside all the other necessary equipment for the various elements of the business.
Rainwater is harvested from the sheds and used for power washing.
“This is an impressive farmyard, exceptionally well planned and is safe and functional throughout,” remarked the judges of the FBD National Farmyard Awards which were run in conjunction with the Farmers Journal.