ICBF and FBD would like to congratulate and thank this year’s winners and all the finalists involved in the 2020 FBD Breeding Awards. The hard work and determination shown by all the finalists across the beef, dairy and sheep categories will lead to a more profitable and sustainable future at both an individual and a national herd level.

“Congratulations to all our winners. They represent the best of what our industry is about. Sincere thanks to FBD for their continued support and belief in showcasing the best that Irish agriculture has to offer. Cattle breeding as a technology to help deal with sustainability (environment, economic, societal) is not the ‘shiny new toy’ many are looking for.  However, it has one big advantage.  It works. It delivers more environmentally friendly, more profitable animals, and helps keep the fabric of rural Ireland intact.” Sean Coughlan, CEO, ICBF & Sheep Ireland.

The winners of the beef and dairy categories are as follows:

FBD €uro-Star €200 Commercial Beef Winner

Raymond and Christopher Hanrahan

Gort, Co. Galway

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FBD €uro-Star €200 Pedigree Beef Winner

Sean Brady and Family

Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan

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FBD Best Dairy Herd Winner  

Don and Michelle Crowley

Balineen, Co. Cork

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Thanks to the continued support from the FBD Trust, we will be awarding each finalist a monetary prize for their participation in the competition. Prizes will be delivered to all finalists in the coming weeks.

“As Ireland’s home-grown insurer, FBD Insurance appreciates the importance of supporting the agri sector in order to develop and to safeguard our farming industry and to ensure that Ireland’s vibrant rural communities continue to thrive. We are proud to support ICBF and Sheep lreland in running these Breeding Awards which strive to reward excellence and to focus on building a profitable and sustainable future for Irish agriculture. Congratulations to all of the finalists; you are strong ambassadors for our agri-food sector and you should all be extremely proud of your achievements. The team at FBD wish you continued success in your farming enterprise.” Michael Berkery, FBD, Chairman

The competition is kindly supported by the FBD Trust.