DC Farm Competitions is the brainchild of the Hollymount, Co. Mayo native, who runs a herd of pedigree Charolais cattle under the ‘Scardaune’ prefix.
The new agricultural-orientated competitions website aims to hold various raffles to allow farmers to be in with the chance of winning quality cattle by paying a small entry fee which is a “fraction” of the prize’s value.
Speaking to That’s Farming, Conway, founder of the website, said: “We will purchase animals of superior breeding from herds across Ireland, France and the U.K for draws; these will include heifers, cows and cows with calves at foot.”
DC Farm Competition, a registered limited company, launched its first competition on Wednesday (May 13th) and Daniel described the response to date as “promising”.
“We are raffling off a well-marked, eye-catching, show-type Limousin-cross-Belgian heifer, which is ready for breeding.”
A total of 155 tickets are available (priced at €20/entry) and the winner will be announced during a Facebook livestream when all lines are sold.
“We will use a random number generator as we want to be fair and transparent. Each entrant receives a number via email once they enter the draw.”
“We will then contact the winner to notify them and to arrange transfer and collection arrangements. The winner will get their entry fee back and a luck’s penny.”
“The system is 100% fair with no hidden agenda – we are just looking to cover our costs. I view this as a better way of getting a fair price for a top-class animal and a fair way for somebody to win an animal too.”
[First raffle prize]
Despite the fact that the new website is now only in its infancy, Daniel has already started securing “hotly-anticipated” raffle prizes.
“We have a lot more exciting raffle items under wraps including pedigree Charolais heifers imported from France – bloodlines that people only dream of getting their hands on.”
“We may venture into raffling off other items in the future, but for now, the focus is on raffling off top-quality cattle, the cream of the crop, the best of the best,” Daniel concluded.