Community

Encouraging the next generation. It’s our way of ensuring the future of agri-business is in good hand.

Across ABP, we appreciate how much local communities contribute to our success – from the farmers who supply us with such quality produce to the people we are lucky enough to have working with us at our sites.

That’s one of the reasons we are eager to support local initiatives – like those promoting farm safety. And why we love to encourage the next generation – giving future farmers and future exporters hands-on experience of the agri-business world.

We’re looking out for our industry’s future.

Throughout ABP, we are involved with a range of initiatives that support those looking to build careers in our industry.

Our Certified Irish Angus Beef Competition gives teams from five secondary schools the opportunity to rear Angus Cross calves for 18 months, getting them ready for market. Each team also completes a project on an aspect of farming – from promoting mental health among farmers to exploring best practice in production systems.

As part of the National Exporters Association, we work to help businesses increase their capability to export to existing markets or open up new ones. And we sponsor Macra na Feirme’s, Ireland’s young farmer association, National Leadership Programme.

Farm safety is hugely important to us. Partnering with the prestigious BT Young Scientist we promote safety awareness in schools and, again through Macra na Feirme, run training courses on farms. The Safe Agri Skills course is the first of its kind and covers everything from tractor safety to livestock handling.

ABP Ireland is also a patron of Embrace Farm, the only charity that supports victims of farm accidents.

Our colleagues at ABP UK voted overwhelmingly to support Cancer Research UK (CRUK) as their first Charity of the Year. Already colleagues have raised more than £55,000 with the total continuing to rise.

Across ABP, we are taking steps to encourage those who will take our industry into the future and also support the great work carried out by local charities.

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