Waterford farmer takes 'Student of the Year' title from Teagasc
Shane Fitzgerald, a dairy farmer from Waterford, has been awarded the prestigious Teagasc and FBD ‘Student of the Year 2016’ title.
The 26-year-old, who completed his Green Cert at Kildalton Agricultural College, was presented with the award by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at a ceremony in Dublin today.
First runner-up was awarded to Gary Clarke, Tuam, Co Galway who studied at the Agricultural College in Mountbellew. Second runner-up award went to Shane Dolan, Athlone, Co Westmeath who attended Gurteen Agricultural College.
On accepting his award Shane, who milks 165 cows in partnership with his father on their 250 acre farm, thanked his family and girlfriend who also attended the event at the Merrion Hotel.
“I cant’ thank my family enough for their support over the years. It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifices and it wouldn’t be possible without them”.
Shane, who also holds a business degree from Waterford Institute of Technology, says he has always had a passion for farming and encourages young farmers to educate themselves.
“There are a lot of young farmers out there with a lot of drive and passion who want to make things happen. It’s important to spend time in education and to value what you can learn from your peers. It’s about constantly improving yourself,” he said.
Minister Creed described all 12 finalists as “leaders of the future”.