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Agriculture & Rural Affairs

RDS Spring Awards

A thriving rural Ireland is as central to the RDS mission today as when the Society was first founded.

The RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards are a rare occasion in which farmers across all sectors come together to celebrate all they have achieved. The goal of the RDS Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland. Livestock farmers, foresters and in future years, agri-entrepreneurs will come together to both celebrate their achievements and learn from each other.

With a prize fund of €22,000, the RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards celebrate and promote the principles of climate-smart agriculture. Building on a name from the past, but firmly focused on the future of the sector, the Awards will recognise the very best farmers, foresters and agri-innovators.

The 2019 RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards took place in the RDS Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.


RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

The twin goals of promoting the economic and environmental benefits of good forestry and farming is the underlying motivation behind these Awards. All woodland owners and managers are encouraged to enter the Awards as all woodlands, large or small, are of merit. There are four categories which can be entered. 


RDS Livestock Awards

The RDS Livestock Awards showcase the most efficient livestock producers in Ireland by rewarding and celebrating farmers combining the best science and best agricultural practices. These Awards build upon the RDS Spring Show which was known the length and breadth of Ireland for showcasing the best livestock in the country.


RDS Sustainable Farming Sustainable Living Awards

In addition to the current livestock and forestry categories, the RDS is introducing a new category for 2019 focused on Sustainable Farming and Sustainable Living. This new category will celebrate the work of individuals, farm families, farm businesses and community organisations who are enhancing the economic, environmental and social development of Irish agriculture and rural communities. There will also be a special Ceres Sustainability Champion Award presented on the day to an individual or organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to climate-smart agriculture in Ireland.



For further information, please contact:

Paul Farrelly
RDS Agriculture Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7215
Email: agriculture@rds.ie

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