Young Farmer marks 20 years
The Young Farmer of the Year competition is marking 20 years this year, with the final set to take place in September. To celebrate the milestone, there will be six additional awards on offer alongside the main prize.
Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep, and others (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, and tillage) will compete for category awards, with each going forward to contest the overall title.
There will also be awards for Best Emerging Female Farmer and Best Emerging Male Farmer, along with awards in Land Mobility and Farm Collaboration.
The Land Mobility Award will focus on farmers who display innovative solutions to accessing and utilising land for farming.
The Farm Collaboration Award will focus on collaborative 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 new Biodiversity Award, which is supported by the National Rural Network.
The overall winner will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad. As in previous years, all county winners will also receive an award.
The awards will take place on September 11 in the FBD Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.
This year’s Miss Macra contestants at Clonoulty Parish Church.