Euro award for Irish farmer

ANN Moore, a dairy farmer and IFA member from Ballyspillane in Co Cork, was presented with the highly regarded COPA’s European “Prize for Women Farmers” award.

ANN Moore, a dairy farmer and IFA member from Ballyspillane in Co Cork, was presented with the highly regarded COPA’s European “Prize for Women Farmers” award.

Ann’s energy and commitment to the family farm are immense. In 1998 herself and her husband David were milking 28 cows and building up the dairy herd when unfortunately David became ill with multiple sclerosis.The farm business could have come to a standstill however Ann persevered and today she milks just 200 cows on 300 adjusted acres.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Brussels presented by EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, IFA President John Bryan warmly congratulated Ann Moore.

He said, “She is a great ambassador for Irish women’s substantial contribution to farming and farm business. I am thrilled that the IFA Farm Family Committee chaired by Margaret Healy was able to facilitate Ann’s entrance into COPA’s “Prize for Women Farmers’” competition building on Ireland’s national event run by the Irish Farmers’ Journal and kindly sponsored by FBD insurance.”

Ann commented, “I am absolutely honoured and delighted to have been presented with this award from Commissioner Ciolos and feel it is a great recognition for all the hard work women have contributed to agriculture through the ages.”