A 14 year-old budding Carrick-on-Suir farmer scooped the prize of a dairy heifer at the country’s biggest agricultural show.
Tomás Lacey from Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir won one of the top awards in the Tullamore Show Heifer and Hogget competition final
The competition, which is in its fourth year, was run by the Irish Farmers Journal for children aged 10-18.
To enter, contestants had to answer questions over a three week period depicting their farming life.
There were 30 finalists at the Tullamore Show, with 15 prizes up for grabs including two dairy heifers, 6 beef heifers and 7 pairs of ewe hoggets.
Tomás achieved the hightest score of the finalists and won an Aberdeen Angus heifer, which John McEnroe of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society presented to him.
The Lacey family farm comprises a commercial herd of suckler cows and Tomas hopes this new addition will be the first step in increasing stock numbers.
While farming is most definitely his first love, Tomás has also recently set up a dog breeding business with his brother.