Search is on to find the Young Farmer of the Year

The search is on for the 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year

The search is on for the 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year

Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep, and others (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) are encouraged to enter and the winner of each sector will compete to be crowned the overall champion.

“The Young Farmer of the Year competition has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural competition in 1999, thanks in no small part to sponsors FBD and our partners, the IFA,” said Macra national president James Healy.

“The competition is a fantastic showcase of the enormous talent and potential that exists within the Irish agriculture sector. It also provides recognition and encouragement for young farmers at the beginning of their careers.

“I would encourage all our young farmers to put themselves forward for what will be a very rewarding and educational experience.

FBD chief executive Fiona Muldoon said: “FBD is delighted to continue our sponsorship of this flagship event in the farming calendar. FBD is proud to foster the next generation of Irish farmers through competitions such as Young Farmer of the Year. Every year this competition reflects the strength and depth of the new talent emerging in the Irish agriculture sector and I am confident this year will be no different.’

IFA president Joe Healy said: “Based on the increased numbers going through the agriculture colleges in recent years, we have a wealth of talent in the sector.

“The great thing about the Young Farmer of the Year competition is that it provides an opportunity to get involved and it allows entrants to pit their farming skills and vision against others.”

The 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad.

There will also be a new ‘Future Farmer’ award this year for an emerging young farmer under the age of 23. As in previous years, county winners will also receive an award.

To nominate a young farmer or to enter, log onto macra.ie/youngfarmer. The closing date for applications September 1.

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