Young Farmer of the Year

19th year of this national competition

Young Farmer of the Year

PJ O'Keeffe, from Callan, is the FBD Young Farmer of the Year. @laoisnews

The 19th FBD Young Farmer of the Year has been named as PJ O’Keeffe, a young dairy farmer from Callan, Co.Kilkenny.

He has won the prestigious title following a challenging interview process and an on-farm visit.

Judging panel chairperson Dr Karina Pierce from the UCD Institute of Food and Health, announced the winner at an awards ceremony in the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, last week. He has won a travel bursary worth €3,000.

The competition is organised by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA and sponsors, FBD. There were also sector prizes for dairy, beef, sheep and the U23 farmer of the year.

Martin Cole from Carlow took home the Sheep Category title, James Greene from Laois was the winner of the Beef Category, Darragh Barron, a beef farmer was winner of the U23 category and PJ O’Keeffe took home the Dairy Category prize.

Macra na Feirme National President, James Healy, said, “This is one of the most prestigious nights on the farming calendar where industry and farmers come together to recognise and award the brightest and best young farmers in the country, it is one of the most important competitions we have, well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the category winners and to PJ O’Keeffe from Kilkenny, the 19th FBD Young Farmer of the Year.”

Fiona Muldoon, CEO FBD Insurance said, “We believe that the nominees for the FBD Young Farmer of the Year award are the next generation of farming talent in Ireland. We know that these awards inspire young farmers to take on board best practice, to embrace technology and to build their businesses for the future. ”