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Waterford Dairy Farm to play host to Agri Aware’s Open Farm

August 8, 2023

Michael Geary

Agri Aware is delighted to announce the launch of its hugely popular Open Farm 2023 event which is returning for the first time since 2019.

This year’s Open Farm is taking place on the dairy farm of Shane Fitzgerald and family in Portlaw, Co. Waterford and promises to be a fun filled, educative day out for all on Sunday, August 20.

Open Farm provides a unique opportunity for Agri Aware to:

  • Engage with consumers of all ages from across Ireland.
  • Bridge the gap between rural and urban Ireland.
  • Promote greater awareness among the non-farming community of modern agriculture, the rural environment, animal welfare, food quality and safety.
  • Inform the non-farming community about the crucial role that the farming and agri-food industry play in the Irish economy.

Open Farm 2023 will allow the public to visit and see what a working family dairy farm in Ireland looks like and how it goes about producing top quality food while doing its bit for the environment.

From seeing cows being milked, walking scenic nature trails, taking in an eye-watering machinery display, cooking demonstrations, panel talks and a kids zone for the little ones to enjoy as well as so much more, there will be something for all the family to enjoy on the day.

‘Bridging the gap’

Commenting on Open Farm 2023, the Chairman of Agri Aware, Shay Galvin said: “We are delighted to organise and host another brilliant Open Farm once again.

“Open Farm aims to bridge the gap between consumer and producer; it is an opportunity to see what happens at the coalface of the sector.

“Farming is the heartbeat of our land and our people and as a sector we need to continue to communicate the vital links between agriculture, food, the environment and our economy to the consumer.

“We would like to thank Shane and his family for opening up their farm to the public and give Agri Aware the opportunity to educate and tell the good story that Irish agriculture has to tell.”

Free of Charge

Open Farm is a free of charge for everyone. Gates open to the public from 11am – 4pm. The Eircode for the farm is X91RY18. For full details on the event and to register for your free ticket see