18 Oct 2015
WINTERAGE WONDERS IN THE BURRENRural Development
The Burren Winterage Weekend festival takes place from October 22nd – 25th next in the Burren, Counties Clare and Co. Galway.
This unique harvest festival is a celebration of the importance of farming not only for food but also for our landscape, heritage and culture. Events include open farms, sheepdog demonstrations, farm walks, a food fayre and the famous Burren winterage cattle drive. This year’s festival also includes an international conference on ‘High Nature Value Farming’ which will include a Dept. of Agriculture presentation on the new ‘Locally Managed Schemes’ measure of the RDP.
More highlights include:
Thurs 22nd, 8.30pm: Bord Bia Origin Green Awards for Conservation Farming.
€2k in prizes for Best Farmer, Best Farm Family, Most Improved Holding, Best Pasture, Best Meadow, Best conservation works etc
Thurs 22nd – Sat 24th: The Burren Winterage School on Sustainable Farming.
This year’s theme: Supporting High Nature Value Farming in Europe
Sun 25th, 1-4pm: Mass cattle drive up the flanks of the iconic Mullaghmore mountain in the Burren National Park.
The Flanagan family will herd 60 suckler cows back onto winterage for another season.
Other events include Burren Food Fayre, Farmer-led Herdsman’s walks, Old-time Ploughing and a number of Family Events.
Full programme available on www.burrenwinterage.com