Agri Aware brought our Big Green Shed to the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska. The event was returning for the first time since 2019 and the absence clearly made very many hearts grow even fonder. Over 277,000 people turned up over the three days with rain only falling on the final day.
Wednesday was an incredible turnout in the beautiful autumn sunshine with over 115,000 people enjoying the huge range of activities. Agri Aware was co-located alongside the UCD School of Agriculture in the heart of the action with huge industry names nearby. Equuip, the educational body of Horseracing Ireland (HRI) were also right beside us throughout.
Agri Aware hosted a series of talks over the three days with a range of topics covered. Our partnership with the Irish Famers Journal on the Study guides for Leaving Cert agricultural science was the first discussion each day. This was followed by a careers chat where various contributors shared their experiences and career stories to date.
The third chat of each day of the National Ploughing Championships focussed on sustainability in agriculture. Guests from across policy, education, and practice aired their thoughts on where Irish ag is currently and what opportunities exist in the future.