Longford farmers to take part in Macra na Feirme and Aurivo Silage Awards and Information Night.

Aoife Carberry

Reporter:

Aoife Carberry

Longford farmers to take part in Macra na Feirme and Aurivo Silage Awards and Information Night.

Over the last number of months Macra na Feirme in the Northwest region has been running a Silage competition in association with Aurivo Co Op.

The competition was open to Macra na Feirme young farmer members and a huge number of entries were received from Longford young farmers.

Samples were tested by Aurivo in their testing Laboratory. Entrants were contacted by Aurivo farm commercial specialists and nutritionists with their results and receive any nutrition advice that they required based on their silage sample results.

The presentation night, where the winners will receive their awards, will take place in conjunction with a young farmer information meeting, on Monday, January 9 at 8pm in the Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo Town.

Presentations will be given on the night by Aurivo nutritionists and commercial farm specialists who will speak about the silage results as well as give young farmers practical tips for producing quality silage in 2017.

On the night the young farmers with the top silage samples will be interviewed by a judging panel and the winner will be announced. Judging will be based on the young farmers silage sample result but also on the young farmers farming methods.

First prize will be a specially commissioned trophy and a grass measuring plate meter. Second and third prizes will be a specially commissioned trophies and 1Tn of Nutrias animal feed.

Young farmers and competition entrants who attend the young farmer information meeting will be entered into a generous free raffle on the night for prizes sponsored by Nutrias / Homeland. All young farmers are welcome to attend.

Speaking at the announcement of the awards and information night, Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan said: "Its very important that young farmers know the quality of their feed that they are feeding to ensure that it returns in terms of animal performance.

"This competition aims to encourage young farmers to get their silage tested and use the result to make management decisions in terms of their feeding regime."

Also speaking in advance of the awards and information night, Stephen Blewitt, Aurivo General Business Manager, Agribusiness, said: "The Aurivo Farm Commercial Specialist and Nutrition team look forward to meeting young farmers for an enjoyable and information packed evening.

"All attendees can be assured of receiving up to date technical advice on all modern farming practices including how to make the most of your silage and reduce your input costs on fertiliser and concentrate feed.”