Cork man is “Young Farmer of the Year”

Waterford woman takes second place

John Buckley, Carbery, Co Cork, is Macra na Feirme’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

John Buckley, Carbery, Co Cork, is Macra na Feirme’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

Wed, Sep 4, 2013, 01:00

John Buckley (27) from Bantry, Co Cork, has been named Macra na Feirme’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year. The competition, run in partnership with the IFA, aims to recognise and reward the top young farmers in the State.

Mr Buckley holds a higher certificate in agricultural science and runs the dairy farm with his father Corney. Some of their milk supply goes to Glenilen Farm and Durrus Farmhouse Cheese.

He said he entered the competition for the challenge it presented. “For young farmers out there it’s something you really want to achieve,” he said. “Winning it is a fantastic endorsement for someone starting out, an endorsement of your plans and vision.”

Second place was taken by Esther Walsh from Lismore, Co Waterford, who was the only woman in the six-person final. She is a 34-year-old dairy farmer.

Dairy farmer Peter Farrell (27) from Kilmessan, Co Meath came third.

Entrants were judged on criteria such as farm business initiative, efficiency, enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness.

Mr Buckley will receive a €3,000 travel bursary to study farm practices abroad.