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    Dairymaster Rural Innovation Award Finalists Announced

    The Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards are almost here. The awards evening is Tuesday 26th May where 13 finalists in three categories will find out who wins the coveted category awards plus the overall winner. Each of the 13 finalists are going to receive a prize as well as recognition and celebration of their achievements.

    Rural innovation has always been important to Dairymaster. Our innovative work has been recognised numerous times. Dairymaster has won four innovation awards in agriculture most recently at Alföldi Állattenyésztési Napok, Hungary. All of this is in addition to winning the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Winning awards isn’t just about boosting sales and creating jobs, they also celebrate team work, recognise improvements and developments and they are also about boosting morale. Thinking outside the box, being innovative, being brave sometimes – that is what these awards are celebrating.
    The Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards competition has been organised in association with DARD, Irish Farmers Journal and Teagasc and seeks out rural innovations. There are three categories:

    Farm Innovations: This category was open to all innovations that can make a real difference on farms which have commercial application.

    Rural Business Innovations: This category was open to innovations in any rural business. Rural business is a key economic driver for farm families right across Ireland.

    Community Focused Innovations: This category was open to all innovations that makes society a better place, ensuring a vibrant community.

    The total prize fund is worth €37,500 to the thirteen finalists. The overall winner will receive a prize fund of €15,000, which is made up of cash prize of €5,000, mentoring worth €5,000 and advertising within the Farmers Journal worth €5,000. Each of the three category winners will receive a prize fund of €3,000: €1,000 cash, training worth €1,000 and advertising worth €1,000. Each finalist will receive a prize fund of €1,500.

    There are 13 finalists from 140 applicants. The Awards ceremony, a night of celebration, takes place on Tuesday 26th May.

    The finalists in the Dairymaster Rural Innovations Awards include:

    Community Focused Innovations

    Rural Business Innovations

    Farm Innovations

    With the finalists coming from all over Ireland, the 26th May will be a busy day. The final interviews start at 8:15 until 12:45, followed by a lunch, motivational presentations and a tour of the Dairymaster Factory Headquarters.

    Winner will be announced at the awards night which commences at 7pm the same evening at Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee. You will also find more information on the Rural Innovation website.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the 140 applicants for applying and we hope they found the feedback process useful. We’d like to heartily congratulate each of the 13 finalists on their achievements to date and we look forward to seeing their developments in the future.