Packed ‘Ploughing’ schedule planned for farming association

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has unveiled a packed schedule for the National Ploughing Championships 2017.

The 3-day event will begin next Tuesday, September 19, to Thursday, September 21, in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

The highlights of the ICSA stand include panel discussions on “Women in Agriculture” each morning at 9:30am and the launch of three new ICSA committees covering Tillage, Organics and Animal Health and Welfare.

These new committees will join the existing ICSA commodity committees of Beef, Sheep, Suckler and Rural Development.

Commenting on the formation of the new committees, ICSA President, Patrick Kent, said: “ICSA’s National Executive has voted overwhelmingly in favour of establishing these new committees in response to the growing and varied needs of our members.

We look forward to tackling the important issues relating to each of these sectors and making a real difference for our members.

“The ICSA is a growing and developing association; we are continuously listening to our members and advancing new ways to respond to the issues facing 21st century farmers.

“I would welcome all those attending the ‘Ploughing’ to drop by our stand to see first-hand the many ways the ICSA can be of benefit to them.”

Each committee launch will take the form of a panel discussion involving industry experts and farmers, followed by a questions and answers session.

Committee launches will take place at the ICSA stand located on Block No. 2, Row No. 13, Stand No. 294.

The schedule for the committee launches is for a launch each day at 2:30pm: Animal Health and Welfare will be launched on Tuesday, September 19; the Tillage launch is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20; and the Organics committee will be taking centre stage on Thursday afternoon, September 21.

The ICSA stand will also have a special focus on “Women in Agriculture”. Each morning at 9:30am the ICSA will host a panel discussion on key farming issues. The panel will consist of speakers described as “key players in farming and the agri-food sector”.

Discussions will centre on the following themes:

  • The farm of the future;
  • Discussing technology, profits, markets, renewables and alternative farming;
  • Challenges of being a modern farmer;
  • Discussing off-farm income, crime, debt, labour, isolation and community involvement;
  • Farming in a new EU;
  • Discussing Brexit, bureaucracy, CAP and food chain fairness.