The 2020 RDS Sustainable Agriculture award winners have been announced, after the competition’s judging and award presentation were delayed with the onset of pandemic restrictions.
The winners were announced at an online event on Thursday 17 June, hosted by the RDS in lieu of an in-person award presentation ceremony.
The winner of each award category secured a €2,000 reward, an RDS silver medal and a certificate of merit.
The runner-up in each of the categories received €1,000 cash and a certificate of merit, in recognition of their achievements in the competition.
“It is important that we learn from these examples so that others can be inspired by their success,” stated Teagasc’s Mark Gibson, who was a member of the awards judging panel.
“Our 2020 award winners are excellent examples of how it is possible to balance economic, environmental and social sustainability,” he said.
Nick and Jack Cotter of Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, scooped the top prize in the rural innovation award category.
The Cotter brothers designed a lamb-handling system for the safe and easy administration of animal health products.
It was IT Tralee’s Biorefinery Glas entry that claimed the runner-up title for rural innovation at the RDS awards.
Dungarvan’s Little Milk Company secured the lead rural enterprise award for its added-value organic dairy business.
The business has been developed by a group of organic milk suppliers and currently retails its dairy products internationally.
Castlecomer Discovery Park picked up the runner-up award in this competition grouping.
Ben and Charlotte Colchester of Drumeen Farm, Co Kilkenny, were awarded the sustainable farming title for the husband and wife’s high-effeciency, biodiverse organic farming enterprise.
The runner-up position was awarded to Mark Hurst of Featherfield Farm, Co Kildare, in the sustainable farming category.