Ballina woman scoops top Teagasc Award

Edel Boyd from Carrowmore Lacken, Ballina has been awarded the Mountbellew Agri College Best Farm Business Plan award sponsored by AIB.

Edel Boyd from Carrowmore Lacken, Ballina has been awarded the Mountbellew Agri College Best Farm Business Plan award sponsored by AIB.

Edel Boyd from Carrowmore Lacken, Ballina has been awarded the Mountbellew Agri College Best Farm Business Plan award sponsored by AIB.

Boyd won the award for her interview and farm business plan which focused on improving on-farm infrastructure and increasing sheep and cattle stock numbers.

Speaking at the Awards presentation, Mark Glennon 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.

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