Almost 300 sheep and beef farmers attended a recent Knowledge Transfer (KT) farm walk in Mayo.
This is the first farm walk in a series of events being hosted by Teagasc and Bord Bia and was held on the farm of Fergal Doyle, Tubberavine, Lahardane, Co. Mayo. Over six information points, farmers were brought through some of the common pitfalls of compliance for Bord Bia's Quality Assurance schemes and were provided with practical advice on addressing these issues and improving health and safety and record keeping, in particular, on farms. Bord Bia also took the opportunity to talk to farmers about the sustainability aspect of the Quality Assurance schemes, which was introduced for beef and lamb in 2017 when the scheme rebranded as the Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS). Bord Bia outlined the importance of the SBLAS as part of Ireland's branding and messaging to international markets under the Origin Green banner.
Origin Green is an industry-wide sustainability initiative that demonstrates the commitment of Irish food producers, processors, retailers and foodservice providers, to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner. Bord Bia explained that all stakeholders in the industry has a role to play in creating a sustainable food future, from farmers to consumers and everyone in-between.
Dates for upcoming events in Donegal, South Tipperary, East Cork and Louth/Meath will be detailed soon.