A Roscommon farmer who has been nominated for a prestigious farming and nature award admits that it is hard for farmers to be climate conscious when they are already struggling.
Mervyn Auchmuty, of Carranure farm, Lecarrow, and Tommy Earley, of Mount Allen Farm and Kate Egan, of An Ghrian Glas Farm, Ballymore Westmeath have been shortlisted for the ‘Farming for Nature’ award.
The farmers were recently announced as ‘Farming for Nature’ Ambassadors and are now in the running for the ‘Farming for Nature Award’ for 2019.
The public are being asked to vote for their favorite farmer on the ‘Farming for Nature’ website where they can watch a short video of each nominee.
Mervyn Auchmuty runs a mixed farm on the shores of the Shannon, where he practices a low disturbance strip till system, amongst other ecological methods .
He believes that the current economic climate for farmers is not conducive in encouraging them to farm using more environmental methods.