Congratulations to Owen Brennan on receiving the Belfast Telegraph Cup.

Owen is a long time member of our executive committee and has served three terms as President of NIGTA. The award is made for outstanding achievement in the agri food sector and was presented to Owen at the Ulster Farmers Union annual dinner.

Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill; Owen Brennan; EU Agriculture Commissioner , Phil Hogan and UFU President, Ian Marshal at the presentation. Photograph: Cliff Donaldson
Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill; Owen Brennan; EU Agriculture Commissioner , Phil Hogan and UFU President, Ian Marshal at the presentation. Photograph: Cliff Donaldson

Making the announcement, UFU President Ian Marshall said “From starting life on a small family farm in Carlow to heading up the multi-national company, Devenish Nutrition, trading in 25 countries worldwide, with a turnover of £150 million and 350 staff, Owen is a stalwart of Northern Ireland’s agri food industry.

“His vision, co-operation and interest in the future of the agri-food industry are what make him and his business unique. His investment in research facilities and his willingness to give personal support to progress the agri food industry are also widely recognised.

“Owen also gives up his time freely to any projects that will benefit the agri-food industry. He has served as President of the NI Grain Trade Association,  chairman of the Livestock and Meat Commission and currently he is a member of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, Based on this resume I cannot think of a more deserving winner for this year’s Belfast Telegraph Cup.”