Brand new farm awards with €25,000 in prizes
An exciting new farm awards scheme, which is being launched this week in the Farming Independent, aims to identify and reward the sector's best operators.
Offering a prize fund of €25,000, the Zurich Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards 2014 is being run by Zurich Insurance and the Farming Independent in association with the ICMSA, Landrover and Teagasc.
The competition features eight separate categories, with €2,500 on offer for each category winner and an additional prize to the value of €5,000 for the overall Grand Prix winner.
The eight categories include dairy, beef, tillage, sheep, equestrian, alternative or other enterprises and agricultural contractor of the year. The eighth category is targeted at the 'rising stars' of farming and aims to reward innovation within the sector.
Speaking at the launch of the competition, Michael Doyle, head of agri-business with Zurich Insurance, expressed the company's delight at being involved.
"We are very excited to be partnering with the Farming Independent for these awards. It's not only a fantastic platform to showcase the best of the Irish farming community but it also gives recognition to an industry that plays a significant role in the economy," Mr Doyle said.
"Zurich can trace its roots in Ireland back to 1950 and has always had a long-standing connection with the farming community through its life and pension products in Ireland.