Two Roscommon men are in the running for an award which celebrates farmers helping nature.
Mervyn Auchmuty, of Carranure farm, Lecarrow, and Tommy Earley, of Mount Allen Farm, are among 10 ‘Farming for Nature’ Ambassadors who are in the running for the ‘Farming for Nature Award’.
The prestigious award is part of an initiative that celebrates the stories of farmers across Ireland who promote nature on their land and in their community.
A short video has been produced about each shortlisted farmer and the public are asked to choose their favourite one, with voting closing on Thursday, October 24th.
Mervyn runs a mixed farm of cattle, sheep and tillage adjoining Lough Ree, and is an IFA grain committee representative for Co. Roscommon.
One of the volunteers with Farming for Nature, Dr. Brendan Dunford described the farmer’s stories as “inspirational”.
“The stories told by these 10 ambassadors are so educational and inspirational. Their knowledge and passion shines through, providing powerful testimony as to how farming and nature can, and must, work in harmony.
“As a society we must also recognise that these farmers are deserving of our respect and support, they embody all that is great about rural Ireland”.
The 10 ambassadors will feature at the annual Burren Winterage Weekend at the end of October when the winner of the public vote will be announced.
For more information on the entrants and to see their video entries go to www.farmingfornature.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org.