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 www.macra.ie and www.ifa.ie. 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.