A Waterford discussion group was named winner of the Community/Discussion Group Incentive Scheme at the inaugural Better Farming Awards.
The ceremony, held last week at The Heritage Hotel in Co. Laois, saw 20 awards presented on the night celebrating the highest levels of achievement made in the industry’s move towards a more sustainable sector.
The Waterford Upland Sheep Discussion group was named winner of the Cormac Tagging Community/Discussion Group Incentive Scheme award which recognises an incentive scheme by a community or organised collection of individuals that promotes or incentivises social buy-in to better farming practices or agricultural environmental initiatives.
The group comprises 14 farmer members whose sheep graze over 4,000 hectares of the Comeragh Mountains, across six commonages and four upland farms.
As part of their submission, the group outlined how they educate themselves on their upland resources.
Against this background, they developed the project to develop and evaluate an upland education module for upland farmers to devise mechanisms for sharing the area's natural and cultural heritage with the broader community.
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