‘Making the Most of Grass Silage’ competition

At the launch of the Macra/Forage Systems annual "Making the Most of your Grass Silage" competition were Pat Carroll, Grasstec; Michael Davey, Forage Systems; James Barber, last year's winner from Rathdowney , Laois, who hosted the launch; Aileen Barron, Forage Systems and Kieran O'Dowd Macra national president.
Macra na Feirme and Forage Systems are delighted to announce the launch of their joint annual silage competition.

Macra na Feirme and Forage Systems are delighted to announce the launch of their joint annual silage competition.

With the topic of grass silage never more prominent, the competition allows the entrant to have the mineral content of their silage analysed again this year, which is of huge value when it comes to feeding time.

The competition is open to Macra members and is an opportunity for young farmers to test their knowledge of growing grass in the hopes of winning a place on the Today FM Ian Dempsey ski trip. The six finalists who go through to the national final will win a €65 voucher for Grasstec products and services.

Macra na Feirme National President, Kieran O’Dowd, launched the 2013 Forage Systems silage competition on the farm of last year’s winner, James Barber from Rathdowney, Co. Laois.

Speaking at the launch of the competition Kieran said: “This competition provides a fantastic learning opportunity to our members and we are delighted with Forage Systems and Grasstecs support. The competition is a chance for young farmers to assess their grass growing skills and ensure they are getting maximum return”.

Managing Director of KW Forage Systems, Jim Buckley, was keen to stress the importance of making good quality silage and said, “2012 really demonstrated what a hugely important resource grass silage is, and our aim is to help Macra’s young farmers to make good quality grass silage and get the best from their crop for the coming winter”.

To enter, young farmers need to visit facebook.com/MacranaFeirme or macra.ie and apply using the online application form before August 28. For more information please contact Macra na Feirme national office on 014268900 or see www.macra.ie