Burren Life Farmer of the Year: Oliver Nagle, Pullagh
In acknowledgement of the outstanding quality of management over the past 5 years which has seen the average environmental score on this holding improve from an initial 70% (2010) to the current ‘perfect’ score of 100%. Achieving this has taken a lot of planning and hard work – protecting water sources, removing scrub, repairing walls, installing gates and solar fences – as well as improved livestock management, particularly the introduction of light summer grazing. Oliver and his father Pat have also made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of Burren Life by hosting many visiting groups including, HRH Prince Charles.
Burren Life Farm Family of the Year: The Jeuken Family, Poulnalour
In acknowledgement of the outstanding work being carried out by Harry, Maria, Melissa, Eileen, Matthew, Chris and Neal on their farm, and in the farm café, at Poulnalour and Boston. The quality of their scrub control work, wall repairs, gate installation and innovative rainwater harvesting techniques has been exceptional, as has the grazing management of their herds of belted Galloway cattle and farm goats. A wonderful farm to visit, via the Poulnalour looped walk, and a place to enjoy home cooked food and hospitality.
Best Winterage Pasture: Bernard McNamara
Bernard was awarded for his field (F1) on Slieve, or as he would call it, Mount Carran. This extensive, 46ha, hill-top winterage overlooking Slieve Carran Nature Reserve scores 10 on BLP M1 scoring system. This reflects the excellent grazing and feeding systems, the low levels of weeds and scrub and excellent overall ecological integrity of the site.