Young Farmer marks 20 years

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACRA -

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.

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