Shanagolden man to represent Limerick in Young Farmer of the Year competition

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

DERMOT O’Connor, Shanagolden has just been announced as County Limerick’s representative in this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition.

DERMOT O’Connor, Shanagolden has just been announced as County Limerick’s representative in this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition.

Six finalists will be picked next week in the national semi-finals of the competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA.

The overall final is on Tuesday, September 4 in Kinnity Castle, County Offaly.

Dermot is a 28 year old dairy farmer and holds a FETAC Cert in Animal and Crop Production and Farm Business. The Limerick IFA man is an all-rounder as he plays soccer with Creeves Celtic and takes part in the yearly Pig and Porter tag rugby competition.

Dermot is hoping to become the third Limerick winner of the competition after Michael Reidy in 2002 and John Macnamara in 2005

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 the competition is to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the country. 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. 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.