Tipperary Farmer announced as Winner of 5 Hectares of Belfry Hybrid Barley

Eoin Kelleher

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Tipperary Farmer announced as Winner of 5 Hectares of Belfry Hybrid Barley

Winner of 5 Ha of Belfry Hybrid Barley L-R Ellenor McDonnell from Seedtech, Michael O'Neill winning farmer

A South Tipperary farmer was this week announced among the winners of a competition to receive 5 hectares of Belfry Hybrid Barley.

Michael O’Neill, a busy tillage and beef farmer who also manages a contracting business, will be sowing the crop over the next few weeks as part of his autumn sowings. As the newest Hybrid Barley to come to market, based on the recently released 2019 DAFM Recommended List results, Michael will be sowing the winter barley variety with the best combination of yield, straw and grain quality, and disease resistance.

Michael, who farms in Ballylooby Cahir, grew Hybrid Barley for the first-time last year and was very pleased with the performance of Bazooka at 4.1 tonnes/acre in his 2018 harvest. Speaking about his prize Michael said “I know that I’m getting higher yields with Hybrid Barley, so I’m very pleased to win this prize and will be continuing to grow the crop into the future.”

Seedtech, the company who distribute Hybrid Barley in Ireland, also announced two other prize winners including Luke Cunningham from West Waterford and Pat Keenan who is farming in Co. Kildare.

Belfry Hybrid Barley, along with the varieties Quadra and Bazooka, are available for sale from merchants through-out the country. Seedtech can be contacted on 051 832814 or info@seedtech.ie for more information.