The Leitrim FBD Young Farmer of the Year county finalist has been announced as Shane McHugh from Ballinamore.
He will go on to represent his county at the semi-final of the 14th annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA.
County finalists will compete against 27 of the country’s other top young farmers in the national semi-finals, which take place in a number of locations next week. Six finalists will then be chosen to go through to the national final on the 4th September in Kinnity Castle, Co Offaly.
Macra na Feirme National President and finalist in this competition in 2010, Alan Jagoe, said, “In the 14th Year of the competition, we are looking for outstanding young farmers who show innovation and business acumen in the running of their farm as well as a conscientious approach to farm safety. The competition is renowned for recognising young farmers who carry out all aspects of their work to the highest level.”
The aim of this prestigious competition is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country.
The competition is kindly supported by FBD Insurance. 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 total prize fund for the 2012 ‘FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition’ is €10,000 for all prizes. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place as well as to winners of the “Innovation” and “Community Involvement” Awards and to each county winner.