The search is on for ambitious young farmers to compete for Macra na Feirme’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition.
Applications are being sought from young farmers in Galway who are actively involved in the running of a farm. A county winner will be chosen who will go through to the All-Ireland final in September. The competition was launched by organisers, Macra na Feirme, sponsors FBD and partners, the Irish Farmers Association.
“The FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition recognises the ambitious, business-minded young farmers that are driving the agricultural industry in Ireland. Young farmers who are working in partnership or are out on their own are the cornerstones of the Irish economy. It is crucial that they are recognised by the industry and supported in their plans,” said Macra National President, Kieran O’Dowd.
“With CAP negotiations ongoing and quota abolition in the near future, farming is full of opportunity and promise but young farmers must be supported to help them enter the industry and develop their farm businesses in the first crucial years.”
The aim of the competition is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country. 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.
The overall winner of the competition will receive a bursary to undertake international travel and study farm practices. Young farmers can also be nominated for the competition.
Anyone who nominates a young farmer will go into a draw for two nights B&B for two adults in any FBD hotel, including dinner on one night. Forms are available from Macra na Feirme national office by phoning 01-426 8900, from your local IFA or FBD offices and for download on www.macra.ie. The closing date for applications and nominations is 31 May.