Kilkenny man, Paul Bowden from Kildalton Agricultural College has been awarded the top award in the AIB / Teagasc All Ireland Best Farm Business Plan Awards which took place in the County Arms Hotel, Birr on Friday 29th June. Paul, won the Award for his interview and farm business plan which focused on increasing cow numbers and increasing the amount of grass grown on his farm.
Speaking at the Awards presentation, Patrick Butterly Agri Advisor AIB said: “AIB are delighted to continue our partnership with Teagasc for the AIB / Teagasc Best Farm Business Plan Awards. My fellow judges and I were very impressed by the quality and comprehensiveness of farm plans and by the confidence of the students we met at the National Final and indeed at each of the Agricultural Colleges. In the dynamic Agri sector we operate in, I have no doubt that all our finalists have the skills, attributes and ability to excel in the future.”
Thanking AIB for their continuing sponsorship of this award, Frank Murphy, Teagasc Curriculum Development & Standards Manager highlighted the importance of planning for any progressive farm business. The farm plan encapsulates all the learning outcomes of Teagasc courses by setting genuine physical and financial targets for a student’s home farm. He invited all finalists to continue their contact with Teagasc through advisory events, discussion groups and the various short courses which are offered by Teagasc.
Five students represented the respective Teagasc and Private Agricultural Colleges. They competed for the All Ireland Award, after each had won the individual college award. The finalists were: Paul Bowden (Kildalton); James Butler (Gurteen); Conor Smith (Ballyhaise); Luke Kenny (Pallaskenry) and Darragh Cunniffe (Mountbellew). Each of the finalists were presented with their respective College Awards on the day.