Prior to the 2012 Irish Grassland Association Dairy Summer Tour the Lifetime Merit Award was presented to West Cork dairy farmer Norman Bateman.
Norman first heard about the Irish Grassland Association in 1964, having competed in the National Grassland farming competition run in 1964 by Macra Na Feirme Norman was told by the two other winners of the competition that the Irish Grassland Association was well worth joining for its cutting edge technology and best farming practices . Norman joined in 1965, and since then his attendance at Irish Grassland Association events has been remarkable. Throughout his time he has put cutting edge grassland research and technology into practice in his dairy business with outstanding results through the decades. Norman was exposed to much of this research and technology at Irish Grassland Association events. From his initial beginning of his dairy farming career in Cahera, Bandon through to the present day Norman has encountered his share of obstacles but has achieved massive success. The financial disciplines of that initial ‘brown accounts book, combined with a well-bred, highly stocked herd of cows, Norman grew his farming business and succeeded in converting the dream of having another generation farming. Norman’s sons, Michael, Barry and Donald, are now continuing the family farming business and further developing their business for future generations.
The Irish Grassland Association Lifetime Merit Award is presented to individuals, chosen by the council of the Irish Grassland Association, who have contributed significantly to progressive work within grassland technology and grassland farming.
This award to Norman Bateman is in recognition of his substantial contribution to the Irish Grassland Association and to Irish grassland farming.