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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Prizes go east, west and south

Colm Blake, Zurich's Marketing Manager with the Sheep Farmer of the Year winners, Chris and Sarah Bourns. The couple were married two weeks ago and farm over 1,500ac in conjunction with Chris's in east Galway
Colm Blake, Zurich's Marketing Manager with the Sheep Farmer of the Year winners, Chris and Sarah Bourns. The couple were married two weeks ago and farm over 1,500ac in conjunction with Chris's in east Galway

Finalists representing every province vied for a share of the €24,000 of prizes in this year's Zurich Farming Independent Farmer of the Year awards, but it was Tipperary that came out tops with no less than three winners hailing from the Premier County.

Some 22 of the country's top farmers and contractors were joined by close to 250 supporters and sponsors on a night that was packed with emotion.

Now in its second year, the awards continue to go from strength to strength, courtesy of the largest prize fund for any farm awards.

The overall winner, Noel McCall, who was accompanied by his wife Louise, said he was shocked but thrilled with the accolade. Zurich's chief financial officer, John O'Connor, said that his company was honoured to be associated with such a prestigious event that celebrated the best in the Irish agricultural sector.

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