Tour Information

Tour Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cost: $75 USD

Capacity:  Tour sizes are limited, so be sure to register early!

Bord Bia and a number of Origin Green companies have joined together to offer three tour options. Ireland has a reputation for producing excellent beef on its lush pastures, using excellent genetics. Origin Green is Bord Bia’s sustainability scheme bringing together producers, processors and retailers from around the country.  The three tour options offer the opportunity to visit leading processors, innovative producers as well as a beef research center.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you will be participating in one of the tours you will need to secure accommodations in Dublin prior to the tour departure on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:00 a.m. Each of the tour buses will depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport. At the conclusion of each tour, the bus will take participants to the Lyrath Estate (conference venue). The Radisson Blu has a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle. Tour participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations in Dublin.

THREE TOUR OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:  (click here for a complete list of tours details)

ABP Food Group Tour:  Slaney Foods in County Wexford emphasizes sustainability in all they do, environmentally, socially and and financially - forming a close relationship with their producers is key to a consistent supply base. After lunch the group will head back though County Carlow visiting the Sheppards, a demonstration farm producing dairy beef. (ABP Food Group Tour Itinerary)

Dawn Meats Tour:  Dawn Meats is one of the largest suppliers of beef into the McDonald’s system in Europe and produces beef patties for McDonald’s at their dedicated plant in Waterford. The plant which was established in 2012 brings together a number of process innovations and environmentally friendly practices which result in production at the plant being fossil fuel free. In 2017 the site became the first Irish food manufacturing company to be awarded BITC Ireland’s prestigious BWR (Business Working Responsibly) mark.  Following lunch, the tour will continue to John and Catherine Powers’ farm in Waterford where calves are reared and finished as beef cattle from their 200 cow suckler herd, as part of McDonald’s Flagship Farm Program. John and Catherine have participated in the Flagship Farm program since 2012.  (Dawn Meats Itinerary

Kepak Tour:  Teagasc is Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority, providing research, advisory and training services to the industry. Grange is Teagasc’s top-level beef research program developing technologies to meet the present and future needs of the industry. The second stop will be a Kepak’s beef finishing farm, followed by lunch and a tour of Kepak’s Clonee processing plant in County Meath. (Kepak Tour Itinerary)

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