Major Equipment was announced winner of the overall Agribusiness of the Year Award. Headquartered in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, it is a manufacturer and international exporter of a comprehensive range of grass cutting, slurry handling and site equipment, under the brand name MAJOR.
Moocall, the brainchild of farmer and Birr native Niall Austin was another big winner, claiming two category awards for Agribusiness of the Year (Emerging) and Innovation in Agribusiness. Moocall is the answer to sleep deprived farmers’ prayers during calving season. The ingenious sensor device, attached to a cow’s tail, alerts farmers by text when the first signs of labour start.
Marie Curtin - Temple Dairy
Marie Curtin of Temple Dairy was named Agribusiness Rising Star 2016. Marie, who has lined out for Ireland’s international women’s soccer team and plays inter-county Gaelic football with Limerick, is in business with her father Sean Curtin on his farm in Rosstemple, Athlacca, Co Limerick. Temple Dairy has successfully plugged into a global trend by bringing to market a chocolate milk recovery drink, high in protein and aimed at athletes.
Additional Category Winners at Agribusiness Awards 2016 as follows:
Agribusiness of the Year (Dairy): Dairygold Co-operative Society
Agribusiness of the Year (Cattle and Beef): APB Food Group
Agribusiness of the Year (Pigs and Pigment): Oakpark
Agribusiness of the Year (Fresh Fruit and Vegetables): Meade Potato Company
Agribusiness of the Year (Crops): Quinns of Baltinglass
Agribusiness of the Year (Equipment and Machinery): Major Machinery
Agribusiness of the Year (Prepared Foods): Clonakilty Black Pudding
Agribusiness of the Year (Food and Beverage Producer): Manor Farm
Agribusiness of the Year (Merchant): Quinns of Baltinglass
Agribusiness of the Year (Emerging): Moocall
Excellence in the Provision of Professional Services: HerdPlus - Irish Cattle Breeding Federation
Excellence in Sustainability: Carbery Group
Best use of Technology: Aurivo Dairy Ingredients
Innovation in Agribusiness: Moocall
Excellence in Education and Training: UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
Excellence in Health Safety: - Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College