Could you be the FBD Young Farmer of the Year for 2018?

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Could you be  the FBD Young Farmer of the Year for 2018?

Launch of FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018

The search is on for the 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA there are six additional awards on offer alongside the main prize in this landmark year for the event.

Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep and others (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) are invited to enter and the winner of each sector will compete to be crowned the 2018 FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

This year there are also new feature awards for the Best Emerging Female Farmer, 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 this year supported by the National Rural Network.

The winner of the 2018 FBD Young Farmer of the Year will receive a travel bursary and the opportunity to experience farm practices abroad, while also developing their skills. As in previous years, all county winners will also receive an award.

You can nominate a young farmer for one of the categories or you can enter yourself by visiting macra.ie/yfy.  The closing date for applications is Friday May 18. County rounds must be completed by June 18 and Semi Finals will be held on July 18 the final will take place on Tuesday September 11 in the FBD Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.