Budget plea to help farmers of the future
Macra has demanded that the Government protects the future of Ireland by continuing to support young farmers in the next Budget.
Speaking at the organisation's annual rally in Co Wicklow last weekend, president Michael Gowing implored Agriculture Junior Minister Sean Connick not to stifle the potential in the youth that is to be found all around rural Ireland, "by punishing this generation for the crimes of others".
Mr Gowing said that young farmers and new entrants to agriculture are a ready supply of the much sought after entrepreneurs that will play a vital role in economic recovery and the development of Ireland's Smart economy.
The theme of this year's rally was farming for profit. Delegates were given the opportunity to examine a number of farm enterprises and attend talks by experts.
It also hosted the national stockjudging finals. Dermot Dunne from Durrow and Abbeyleix Macra won first prize for Sheep Stockjudging.
The Senior Beef Stockjudging event was won by Caroline O'Sullivan from Terelton Macra in Muskerry, Co Cork.
The winner of the U23 Beef Stockjudging was Noel McSweeney also from Terelton Macra in Muskerry. Rathdoney Macra Club won the Know Your Agriculture quiz.
All first-prize winners won a place on the Macra na Feirme trip abroad next year.