Amidst the settling dust of yet another exhilarating National Ploughing Championships, we take a moment to bask in the splendid memories created in Ratheniska. Even with an initially dampened start due to inclement weather, our spirits remained undaunted. What began as a good day transformed into an great one as we proudly clinched the Farm Software Award. This prestigious accolade was bestowed upon our groundbreaking Grass and Crops software, designed to empower farmers in digitalizing their grass and crop production, as well as monitoring soil health.
The momentous occasion unfolded at the Innovation Arena competition, thoughtfully hosted by Enterprise Ireland in collaboration with the National Ploughing Association. Throughout the three-day event, Enterprise Ireland once again proved to be exemplary hosts, offering unwavering support and hospitality.
The awards ceremony itself was graced by the presence of Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, Anna May McHugh, Managing Director, National Ploughing Association & Simon Coveney, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, whose captivating speech resonated with the audience as he acknowledged the innovative and pioneering products and services presented by agritech entrepreneurs. These forward-thinking solutions address some of the most pressing global challenges, shining a beacon of hope on the agricultural landscape. Minister Coveney stated:
"Ireland is synonymous with agriculture, and it is our own entrepreneurs who are helping to shape the future of the sector globally. With the ongoing challenges and the need to develop and implement sustainable practices, the work of these Irish innovators has never been more vital.”
Enterprise Ireland chief executive Leo Clancy added: “Irish agri-tech companies continue to have an influential impact internationally with their cutting-edge products and services that are helping to bring greater efficiencies across agriculture."
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who joined us:
Our main stand was positioned just up from the Innovation Arena, our team had the pleasure of spending an incredible week engaging with attendees, including members, friends, family, and esteemed guests! This moment presents a perfect occasion for us to express our thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to meet with us during the week. We have heard some great feedback throughout the week which will be invaluable in making Herdwatch even better!
We were lucky enough to play host to farming royalty in The Sheep Game - Cammy Wilson and Farmer Phil and even Marty Morrissey gave a surprise visit looking to catch a glimpse of our award winning team! Have a look at how our week unfolded with our video below!