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Tuesday 17 October 2017

The search begins for Ireland's best young farmer

Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year from left to right: Joe Healy IFA President, Carolyn O’Hara FBD, Kevin Moran 2016 Macra/FBD Young Farmer of the Year and James Healy Macra na Feirme National President
Pictured at the launch of the 2017 Macra na Feirme/FBD Young Farmer of the Year from left to right: Joe Healy IFA President, Carolyn O’Hara FBD, Kevin Moran 2016 Macra/FBD Young Farmer of the Year and James Healy Macra na Feirme National President
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

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.

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"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."

Last year a dairy farmer from Mayo was named the FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

Kevin Moran was declined a bank loan nine times before he succeeded in getting the finance to start milking cows on a rented farm just outside Tuam in Co Galway.

Four years later, the youngest of 11 children is milking 220 cows and added the prestigious title to his already impressive resumé.

The 23-year-old was a former Teagasc student of the year, and a Nuffield scholar, which allowed him to travel around the world to study different ways in which farmers could access finance.


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