Farm Ireland

Monday 26 February 2018

Macra seeking Young Farmer of the Year entries

Macra are seeking applications from young farmers throughout Ireland for the fourteenth FBD young farmer of the year competition. A candidate will be chosen to represent each county before entering the final round of the competition in September.

Entrants are judged according to a number of criteria including farm business initiative and innovation, levels of farm efficiency and enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness, as well as agricultural knowledge and community involvement.

This year, in order to increase young farmers' awareness of the importance of farm safety, more points are being given for outstanding efforts in this area.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a bursary to undertake international travel and study farm practices.

In addition, anyone who nominates a young farmer will go into a draw for two nights B&B and dinner on one night for two adults in any FBD hotel.

Forms are available from Macra national office by phoning 01-426 8900, from your local IFA or FBD offices or by download on and The closing date for applications and nominations is May 25.

Debating finals in Sligo

Macra na Feirme's national AGM and debating finals will kick off in the Radisson Blu, Rosses Point, Sligo this Saturday, May 12.

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Music and comedy entertainment have also been laid on for the weekend. On Sunday morning a walk of Knocknarea is organised with a stop off in Strandhill for refreshments. Transport will be provided.

For the first time ever, two clubs from the same region, Freemount Macra and Mitchelstown Macra both from Avondhu, Co Cork, are competing against each other for the senior debating title.

Having come through two regional national rounds, a semi-final and a quarter final, both teams are ready to battle it out for the top award.

Each team member will have six minutes to make their case for or against the motion 'that the standard five day working week should be extended.'

Speakers will take to the floor from 8.30pm in the Knocknarea room. For more information on the AGM please contact Michael Kenny 087-2067950 or Kathy McGettrick 087-9008024.

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