Search starts for the 2019 FBD Young Farmer of The Year
Young farmers involved in sectors such as Dairy, Drystock (beef and sheep), Land Mobility and Other Enterprises (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) are invited to enter and the winner of each sector will compete to be crowned the 2019 FBD Young Farmer of the Year.
Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA, there are seven additional awards on offer alongside the main prize this year.
This year there are also feature awards for the Best Emerging Farmer, Carbon Efficiency and Biodiversity. The Land Mobility category will focus on farmers who display innovative solutions to accessing and utilising land for farming.
This includes farming arrangements that best demonstrate the benefits of collaborations such as long-term leases, registered partnerships, share farming, share milking and contract rearing for all parties involved. There is also a Biodiversity award this year supported by the National Rural Network.
The winner of the 2019 FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad, while also developing their skills. As in previous years, all county winners will also receive an award.
You can nominate a young farmer for one of the categories or you can enter yourself by visiting www.macra.ie/yfy. The closing date for applications is Friday 21 June 2019. The final will take place on Tuesday 3 September in the FBD Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.
Macra na Feirme president Thomas Duffy said, ‘In our 75th year, it’s wonderful to be celebrating one of our longest running and highly regarded competitions, the FBD Young Farmer of the Year. The sponsorship of FBD and our partnership with IFA has been key to the continued success of the competition.
Who Can Enter?
- Farmers must be:
- Under 35 years of age on the 1st January 2019 and a member of Macra na Feirme or the IFA.
- Involved in the running of the farm on which they currently work for a least three years, either full time or part time.
- Note: All 2018 county winners and all past ‘FBD Young Farmer of the Year’ winners are ineligible to enter – all other entrants from last year and previous years may enter the competition.
Photo 1: Macra na Feirme president Thomas Duffy, Daniel Hawthorne (Monaghan Macra), FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018, Richard Kennedy of the IFA and Donal Riordan of FBD, at the launch of the 2019 FBD Young Farmer of the Year at Daniel Hawthorne’s farm in Monaghan.
Photo 2: Pictured is Daniel Hawthorne (Monaghan Macra), FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018, at the launch of the 2019 FBD Young Farmer of the Year at his farm in Monaghan.
For more information or interview requests, please contact Joe Coffey Macra na Feirme PR Manager 087 9356503