AUGUST 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Business News Bord Bia and Teagasc QA and Origin Green farm walk 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 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 UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science schemes and were provided with practical advice on www.ucd.ie/agfood 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 Visit the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science the importance of the website to find out more about our exciting range of SBLAS as part of Ireland’s branding and messaging to international markets under the Origin Green banner. Origin Green is an industryMAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation wide sustainability initiative MSc (Agr) Environmental Resource Management that demonstrates the commitment of Irish food MSc Food Business Strategy producers, processors, retailers and foodservice MSc Food, Nutrition and Health (Online) providers, to operating in a MSc Humanitarian Action responsible and sustainable manner. Bord Bia explained MSc (Agr) Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development that all stakeholders in MSc Wildlife Conservation and Management the industry has a role to play in creating a sustainable food future, Contact: UCD Agriculture and Food Science Programme Office from farmers to consumers E: agandfoodprogrammes@ucd.ie T: 01 716 7194 Web: www.ucd.ie/agfood and everyone in-between. Dates for upcoming events in Donegal, South Tipperary, IT’S YOUR FUTURE. MASTER IT. East Cork and Louth/Meath Find out how at www.ucd.ie/agfood will be detailed soon. TAUGHT GRADUATE PROGRAMMES TAUGHT GRADUATE PROGRAMMES 11 AG Taught Grad Programmes Ad 032018.indd 1 18/07/2018 13:02