Bord Bia launch new Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme

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Bord Bia have launched the new Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS) which sets out the agreed standards for the production and certification of Irish beef and lamb. The new scheme was designed in collaboration with the sector stakeholders to meet the demands of global food buyers for verifiable proof of Ireland’s sustainability claims. The scheme is accredited to the International Standard for Product Certification ISO 17065 by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), who approved the scheme in recent days.

IFA Smart Farming programme aims to save €250,000 in 2017

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Smart Farming, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA)-led cost savings programme, will work with more than 1,000 farmers across 50 discussion groups, purchasing groups and IFA branches in 2017. Farmers who take part in Smart Farming save an average of €5,000 per year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their farms by seven to 10 per cent, according to the IFA.

Billy Kelleher awarded Teagasc Gold Medal

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Billy Kelleher has been named as the 2016 winner of the Teagasc Gold Medal for his exceptional contribution to Teagasc and to the agriculture and food sectors. Mr Kelleher, the Teagasc regional advisory manager for west Cork, was described as being "highly technically competent in all enterprises, and in particular dairy and tillage".