Young Longford farmers urged to enter Macra & Aurivo Silage competition

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

Young Longford farmers urged to enter Macra & Aurivo Silage competition

At the launch of the Macra & Aurivo Young farmer Silage Competition were l to r; Stephen Blewitt, Justin McDonagh, Paul Molihan, Diarmuid Waldron, Padraig O'Farrell and Seán Finan.

Macra na Feirme has recently announced details of the Silage competition which will run over the next few weeks in association with Aurivo Co Op and their Nutrias brand of animal feeds and be open to young farmer members in Longford.

Sample bags are currently being distributed through Macra na Feirme young farmer development groups.

The bag is accompanied by a simple application form which must be returned in the envelope with the silage sample. Samples will be tested by Aurivo in their testing Laboratory. Entrants will be contacted by Aurivo farm commercial specialists / nutritionists with their results and receive any nutrition advice that they require.

A young farmer information meeting will be held in December 2016 in a central location within the Northwest region to discuss the results.

Young farmer competition entrant who attends the young farmer information meeting will be entered into a free raffle on the night for raffle prizes sponsored by Nutrias / Homeland. The information meeting will be attended by Aurivo farm commercial specialists / nutritionists who will give overall global advice on the results and also tips towards next spring and increasing silage and grass quality.

At the information meeting, the young farmers with the top three 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 Price will be a specially commissioned trophy and a grass measuring plate meter. Second and Third prizes will be a specially commissioned trophy and 1Tn of Nutrias animal feed.

Speaking at the launch of the competition Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan said "Its very important that young farmers know the quality of the feed that their feeding to ensure that it returns in term of animal performance. This competitions is aims to encourage young farmers to get their silage tested and use the result to make management decisions in terms of their feeding regime"

This competition is open to Macra na Feirme young farmer members in the county of Longford. The deadline for return of samples to Aurivo is Friday, November 18. For further information contact Caroline O'Dowd Macra na Feirme Northwest Vice President on 087 626 5789.