Macra na Feirme President, Alan Jagoe, has launched the RDS-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award for Macra members.
The Royal Dublin Society has teamed up with Macra na Feirme to identify a suitable candidate for selection. Now in its fourth year, this award has a total prize fund of €3,000 and strengthens both organisations’ commitment to promoting the professional development of young farmers in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Jagoe said, “The RDS-Macra na Feirme Young Sheep Farmer Award has grown year on year and standards have consistently risen. The scholarship will provide the winner with an excellent opportunity to travel abroad and gain valuable insight into production methods on an international level. This young farmer is then well positioned to progress the sheep enterprise on their farm. Opportunities such as this scholarship are crucial to young farmers who want to refine their skills and expertise and Macra are delighted to work with the RDS on this scholarship”.
Mr. Tom Cannon, RDS Committee of Agriculture Chairman, said he is looking forward to meeting this year’s entrants. “Young Sheep Farmers are passionate about the potential in the industry and are eager to learn new production techniques and modern farming methods to improve efficiency and profitability. Last year, the standard of entries was extremely high and we are anticipating that it will be just as good this year”.
The winner of this award will receive an RDS Silver Medal and a grant for €3,000 to undertake international travel for a minimum of six weeks to learn about sheep farming in another country and gain knowledge that will subsequently benefit the individual in Ireland. Applicants can be full-time or part-time sheep farmers or students aspiring to become a sheep farmer. Eligible applicants must be under 35 years of age on the date of application.
Application forms are available from www.macra.ie and www.rds.ie/agriculture and completed forms should be returned to Damien Govern, Macra na Feirme, Irish farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Friday, May 3.