Stetsons dusted off for Ballyhoura barn dance
Ballyhoura Macra’s barn dance and barbecue was a huge success. The event took place in Walsh’s, Kildorrery, with plenty of food and entertainment on offer. Some attendees really got into the country spirit by donning cowboy hats and checked shirts.
Ballyhoura Macra members have thanked everyone for their support on the night and all those who volunteered at the event. Tomorrow night, members will attend the regional bowling competition in Planet Entertainment Centre, Blackpool.
Anyone aged between 17 and 35 who wishes to join the club, can check out Ballyhoura Macra on Facebook. Yo u n g f a r m e r s m u s t a c t quickly if they are to beat tomorrow’s deadline to enter the Macra na Feirme/ FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition.
Its aim is to recognise and rewa r d t h e c o u n t r y ’ s t o p young farmers. Entrants are judged according to criteria that include 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. Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep and others — including horticulture, pigs, poultry, and tillage — are encouraged to enter. Young farmers can also be nominated. The winner of each sector will compete to be crowned the overall champion and receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad. There will also be a Future Farmer award for an emerging young farmer under the age of 23. County winners will also receive awards.
“The Young Farmer of the Year competition has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural competition in 1999, thanks in no small part to sponsors FBD and our partners, the IFA,” said Macra national president James Healy.
“The competition is a f antastic showcase of the enormous talent and potential that exists within the Irish agriculture sector. It also provides recognition and encouragement for young farmers at the beginning of their careers. I would encourage all our young farmers to put themselves forward for what will b e a ve r y r ewa r d i ng an d educational experience. Fiona Muldoon CEO of FBD added: “FBD is proud to foster the next generation of Irish farmers through competitions such as Young Farmer of the Year. Every year, this com- petition reflects the strength and depth of the new talent emerging in the Irish agriculture sector and I am confident this year will be no different.’ IFA president Joe Healy encouraged young farmers to par ticipate and test their t r a i n i ng an d c a p a b i l i t i e s a g a i n s t t h e b e s t in th e country.
“Based on the increased numbers going through the agriculture colleges in recent years, we have a wealth of talent in the sector.
“The great thing about the Young Farmer of the Year competition is that it provides an opportunity to get involved and it allows entrants to pit their farming skills and vision against others.”
This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of Kevin Moran, a dairy farmer from Co Mayo, Michael Kenny from Co Offaly, Mattie John Kelly from Roscommon, Kevin M o r an from Ma y o , a n d Stephen Robb from Donegal won the sector awards. Thomas Duffy from Cavan a n d B r i a n K e e g an from Co Kildare were awarded adjudicator prizes.
To n o m i n a t e a y o u n g farmer or to enter, log onto macra.ie/youngfarmer
Ballyhoura Macra members at the club’s annual barn dance and barbecue in Walsh’s, Kildorrery. 2016 Young Farmer of the Year Kevin Moran. IFA president Joe Healy encouraged young farmers to participate and test their training and capabilities against the best in the country.