The search begins for Ireland's best young farmer
It’s one of the most prestigious awards in the Irish agriculture sector.
Macra na Feirme has announced that the search has begun for the 2017 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 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year.
The winner of the 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad while developing their skills.
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. You can nominate a young farmer for Young Farmer of the Year or you can enter yourself by visiting macra.ie/youngfarmer.
The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017.
Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, "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.