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POSTPONED - RDS Spring Awards

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 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.

With an overall prize fund of €23,000, the RDS Spring 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 want to recognise the very best farmers, foresters, agri-entrepreneurs and innovators in Ireland.

This year’s Award winners will be announced at the 2020 RDS Spring Awards Lunch which will take place in the RDS Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 14.

In addition to the established livestock and forestry awards, the RDS have recently introduced a new Sustainability Awards category that celebrates the work of individuals, farm families and organisations who are enhancing the economic, environmental and social development of Irish agriculture and rural communities.

There are three prize categories for these Awards:

In addition to receiving a specially commissioned trophy the winner in each category will receive a cheque for €2,000 from the RDS. Each runner-up will receive €1,000 and an RDS Certificate of Merit.

The closing date for all entries is Friday, February 7, 2020.

Sustainability Awards

Sustainable Farming

This award celebrates the efforts made by an individual or farm family who are sustainably developing their on-farm activities through entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and improved efficiencies.

Please click here for an application form.

Sustainable Rural Enterprise

This award recognises individuals and organisations who are making a significant contribution to the economic, environmental, and social development, of rural Ireland.

Please click here for an application form.

Sustainable Rural Innovation Award

This award recognises individuals and organisations who have applied science and technology to help deliver the principles of climate-smart agriculture such as greater efficiency, reduced waste and increased profitability.

Please click here for an application form.

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.

The RDS Livestock Awards are the only awards of their kind in Ireland that recognise the genetic merit of animals based on scientific indexes. The awards are linked to the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF) and Sheep Ireland databases. ICBF and Sheep Ireland base their decision on the data available to them so the RDS are truly celebrating and highlighting the most productive, most efficient farmers and livestock in the country.


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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