The 18th FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition has been launched and young farmers in North Tipperary who are actively involved in the running of a farm, full or part time, are invited to apply.
The competition is now open for entries and boasts prizes for all farm sectors as well as the prestigious top prize of a travel bursary and title of FBD Young Farmer of the Year. Entries are invited from all sectors where they will compete to represent their sector at the All-Ireland final in September.
This year, a representative from each sector will be chosen in every county and they will benefit from a targeted regional technical day. There, they will develop their specific skills and compete against their counterparts from other counties. That means more than one young farmer from North Tipperary could be in the final six.
The competition was launched by organisers, Macra na Feirme, sponsors FBD and partners, the IFA.
The aim of the competition is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country in all sectors. 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. Young farmers can also be nominated for the competition.
Forms are available from Macra na Feirme national office by phoning 01 426 8900, from your local IFA or FBD offices, and for download on macra.ie. The closing date for applications and nominations is April 8th 2016.