The overall winners of the FBD Breeding Awards will be announced next Wednesday 3rd March at 8pm on the ICBF website and all ICBF social media platforms. The winners will also be published in the Irish Farmer’s Journal on Thursday the 4th March.

A quick recap of this year’s finalists:

FBD €uro-Star €200 Commercial Beef

  1. Thomas Hogan – Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
  2. Sean Treacy – Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
  3. Kevin Browne – Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  4. Thomas Dee – Clashmore, Co. Waterford
  5. Thomas Bolger – Borris, Co. Carlow
  6. Raymond & Christopher Hanrahan – Gort, Co. Galway

FBD €uro-Star €200 Pedigree Beef

  1. Benny & Miriam Sheridan – Navan Co. Meath
  2. Geraldine & Tom Molan -Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
  3. Joseph Deverell – Geashill, Co. Offaly
  4. Edmond Connolly – Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary
  5. Sean Brady – Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan
  6. Enda & Kevin Moloney – Broadford, Co. Clare

FBD Best Dairy Herd

  1. Richard O’Shaughnessy – Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  2. Jim & Edel Conway– Cahir, Co. Tipperary
  3. Don & Michelle Crowley – Ballineen, Co. Cork
  4. Tom Garry – Cornfield, Ennis, Co. Clare
  5. Pierce & Mary Delaney – Killmallock, Co. Limerick
  6. Brendan Brady – Innishannon, Co. Cork

The purpose of the competition is to both highlight and reward herds, who are striving for progress through their herd genetics and management practices. It is great to see the constant progress that is being made in animal breeding and genetics year on year. Similar to nominees in previous years, the focus that this year’s finalists place on their breeding practices will lead to a more profitable and sustainable future, at both an individual and national herd level.

These herds were shortlisted based on several KPIs followed by an interview with ICBF representatives. The interview process provides the finalists with an opportunity to discuss their farming practices, breeding plans, grassland management and the future of their farm. A substantial prize find has been kindly sponsored by FBD Trust

We would once again like to thank FBD for their generous sponsorship and to congratulate all the finalists on their nomination. We hope these awards will give a renewed motivation to all beef and dairy herds going forward into 2021.