Cork farmers win ABP Beef Benchmark Awards

Anna Lynch, Ballinspittle, Co. Cork accepting her award from Conor Brown, ICBF and Finbarr Sheehy, ABP. (Photo: Johnny Bambury)

The winners of it’s the ABP Food Group Beef Benchmark sustainability awards were announced during a recent Open Day at its R&D farm in Co. Carlow.

Michael Clifford from Kilbrin was presented with the Suckler-Beef Heifer category award, and the Lynch family from Ballinspittle was presented with the Dairy-Beef Heifer category award.

The ABP Beef Benchmark Report was launched in 2022 in collaboration with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF). As part of the event, there were presentations and demonstrations on best practice in management of a calf-to-beef farm, advice on multi-species reseeding, feeding cattle over the winter and vaccination plans for cattle.

The Beef Benchmark award has six categories: Suckler-beef steer; Suckler-beef heifer; Suckler young bull; Dairy-beef steer; Dairy steer and Dairy-beef heifer.