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    Monthly Archives: June 2015

    Haven Sent – Support Group Wins All Island Award

    Recovery Haven Becomes First Winner of Dairymaster Rural Innovation Award

    The first ever Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards Ceremony was held Tuesday night 26th May at Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee with over 240 attendees. The competition was open to innovators from every county in Ireland and finalists from the four provinces were in attendance. The excitement on the night was electric as businesses eagerly awaited the results of three category winners and the overall winner of the Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards.

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    Eileen Comerford, Recovery Haven stated “It is a huge honour for the 97 trained volunteers to be the Overall Winner in the Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards. We gain satisfaction from those needing our support and guidance. It is most unusual, even unique, to have our voluntary efforts publicly recognised by such a significant award. Training and business support by such prestigious business people is unmeasurable to our organisation”

    Recovery Haven won the Community Focused Innovations Category as well as winning the Overall Dairymaster Rural Innovation Award. It is a community based initiative which enriches the lives of those going through their cancer journey while also supporting their family and friends. They provide emotional and psychological support which is essential while going through times of stress. Marion Barnes identified a need for a cancer support house in Tralee. The unique thing is they are totally volunteer funded. The success of Recovery Haven is purely based on fundraising events throughout the year organised by a team of very dedicated volunteers. The Tralee centre has been so successful they now have part-time services in Killarney and Cahersiveen with the hope to expand into further towns and villages around Kerry in the coming years.

    “We are delighted that a project with a huge community impact has won these awards. The work they do is amazing and the award is truly deserved.” commented Dr Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster.

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    Fresh Extend, owned by Brian Hampton was the winner of the Farm Innovations Category. Brian owns a fruit farm and has developed a new innovation which makes the saying “one bad apple spoils the barrel” a thing of the past. This system is completely chemical free and extends the shelf life of apples and other fruit.

    The winner of the Rural Business Category was Samco Ltd. Samuel Shine developed a bag press as an innovative solution for storing moist feed for animals on farms. Now that milk quotas have been removed farmers will seek to produce more. This could solve a lot of challenges on dairy farms in relation to buffer feed storage.

    The Awards were established to emphasise the level of innovation that goes on beyond the major urban centres across the island of Ireland. They are sponsored by Dairymaster and are supported by Irish Farmers Journal, Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

    “Innovation is like baking a cake, once you get the right ingredients, it’s what you do with those ingredients that makes the difference” said Dr Edmond Harty, CEO, Dairymaster. “These awards are all about the people, its people who innovate, whether by accident or breaking rules – they find a way. Agriculture touches the lives of everyone every day. In rural communities and businesses, innovation is the difference between thriving and dying. As a company we’ve always focused on innovation and people. That’s why these awards had to be established and why Dairymaster is sponsoring them.”

    The Dairymaster Rural Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate achievement across three major areas of rural life.

    The Farm Innovations Category – clearly farming is at the heart of rural life and it is important that we recognise that. But for this award we wanted to focus on farms that make a real difference and have commercial application. So, this award is for those people who’ve taken the time to look at how these farms work, found the problems and developed innovative solutions.

    Rural Business Innovations focuses very much on how we are going to grow rural life. For example, businesses involved in finding new ways to bring some revenue to farming communities or who can simply make the countryside into a slightly better performing asset for the country.

    The Community Focused Innovations focuses on and celebrating those people and organisations who help make society a better place. Their sole goal is to make life in their communities vibrant and futuristic. They’re the people who devote their time and efforts to their town or village or who reach out into the countryside.