Richard Thomson-Moore, a grain grower from Barne Estate in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, has claimed the Glanbia Ireland Grain Supplier of the Year award for 2018.
The Tipperary farmer was one of 10 category winners recognised for the excellence of their crops at the event held in Kilkenny on Thursday 28 February.
Richard Thomson-Moore farms 650 acres of combinable crops on Barne Estate near Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The main crops grown on the farm are winter wheat, winter barley and spring barley, with all crops planted using a plough-based system.
Glanbia Ireland Chief Agribusiness Growth Officer Sean Molloy told the awards ceremony that the company continues to make significant investments to develop new markets for grain growers. He added that the Glanbia grain strategy has been to move as much grain as possible out of commodity markets and into premium niche categories. Last harvest, over 40 per cent of Glanbia’s total grain intake attracted a market premium above the base price, with Glanbia having a higher proportion of its grain in premium contracts than any other grain purchaser in the country.
Production of quality grain is of paramount importance to Richard Thomson-Moore as all of the wheat is dried and stored on farm. Most of the winter barley is grown on contract for Glanbia’s winter barley contract. Soil quality and the optimum seedbed are key areas of focus on the farm. The barley for which Richard Thomson-Moore received the award averaged 13.9 per cent moisture, 11.5 per cent protein and had a specific weight of almost 72kph across over 300 tonnes.
On the Barne Estate, Colm O’Flaherty carries out the majority of the day-to-day work on the farm and is heavily involved with all agronomy decisions throughout each season.