The Dwan family from Thurles were winners of the NDC/ Kerrygold Quality Milk Award 2014, and as this is National Dairy Week, they are hosting an Open day on their dairy farm in association with Teagasc.
Ahead of that event , Frances Shanahan visited the farm where she met Eddie and Anne Dwan and their son Thomas. They each play a part in making this farm such a dynamic and successful enterprise. And she also talked to Joe Kerrigan CEO of Centenary Co-Op in Thurles singing the praises of the Dwan Family. The Co-ops nominate the entrants for the Quality Milk Awards. You can print entry forms at www.qualitymilkawards.ie The closing date is 15th May, 2015.
And if you want to go to the Farm Walk just note that The NDC is hosting as short seminar on Thursday morning, 23rd April on Dairy Market Demand & Quality Standards, in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Registration will be from 11.30am with presentations and discussion panel running from 12 noon until 1.15pm. Taking part Dr Thia Hennessy, Teagasc, Dr. David Gleeson, Teagasc, and Jeanne Kelly, Ornua. The Teagasc Farm Walk is open to members of the public from 2.00pm-4.00pm on Thursday- just turn up!
You can find out more about National Dairy Week at www.ndc.ie. Facebook fans can follow the celebrations at NDCIreland & you can join the conversation on Twitter @NDC_ie #DairyWeek.
An illustration of why agriculture matters in the Green Debate
Eamon Ryan is leader of the Green Party in Ireland and too often they and farmers seem on the opposite side of the hedge. Damien asks why this is and asks what have the Greens done for us lately.
On Monday next a rural drama filmed in County Wexford is up for two awards at the Nyon International film festival in Switzerland.
The Rabbit and the teasel is a fictional narrative of the life of a young boy growing up on a farm but it leans on real life stories and rituals of farming life and the characters in the film are played by local people from Duncormick in South County Wexford.
The film was written and directed by visual artist and part time farm Els Dietvorst who is originally from Brussels.
The short series can be found by logging onto
And part of the film which is up for an award can be viewed on http://www.therabbitandtheteasel.com/
Els lives with her partner Orla Barry on their sheep farm near Kilmore Quay. Orla is the main one on the sheep side with their Lleyn ewes, a medium sized lowland sheep weighing up to 75kg at maturity, renowned for their hardiness, prolificacy, easy lambing, strong mothering instinct, milkiness and easy handling. They hope to build a small but elite flock of 80-100 ewes from which to breed top class replacement stock.
Orla And Els won Champion at Roscrea sale 2013 and reserve Champion 2014 and topped the prices at both sales.
They are recording with Sheep ireland to identify their most productive ewes from which to which to breed replacements and rams with eurostars so that farmers can choose rams not only on visual traits but also on statistics collected over a number of years which are compared to other flocks on the system.
Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across the country
Presenter: Damien O'Reilly
Producer: Ian Wilson