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Farmers ‘sell one to send one’ to Rwanda

CLARE farmers’ affinity with international livestock aid agency Bóthar is set to deepen thanks to a new concept that will allow non-dairy farmers to get behind the charity. The first ever Bóthar ‘Weanling for Heifer’ sale is set to happen at Ennis Mart in the autumn, when more than €15,000 worth of livestock is set to be put to the hammer to support the agency’s ongoing appeal to help Rwandan genocide victims transform their lives with Irish dairy heifers. The proceeds from the sale will go towards purchasing and rearing heifers until they are sent, in calf, to Rwanda, at 18 months old. It is the brainchild of Newmarket-on-Fergus farmer and Bóthar volunteer John Fitzgerald. “Sell one to send one,” was how John summarised his idea, when he spoke to The Clare Champion on Wednesday and he feels it is a good way for Clare farmers to support the valuable work of Bóthar. “We’re in a non-dairy county as such …

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