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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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FBD Young Farmer of the Year: 4 dairy farmers and horticulturist competing for title

Macra na Feirme has revealed the names of the final five contestants competing for the 2021 FBD Young Farmer of the Year title.

In a statement on Thursday, December 16th, a spokesperson for the rural youth organisation listed the following finalists:

  • Edward Treanor: a dairy farmer from Monaghan;
  • Owen Ashton: a dairy farmer from Cork;
  • Shane Halpin: a horticulturist from County Dublin;
  • Trevor Cobbe: a dairy farmer from Laois;
  • Eoin Kennedy: a dairy farmer from Kilkenny.

Young Farmer of the Year 

The final five contestants will now compete for the overall title of 2021 FBD Young Farmer of the Year.

Organisers will announce category winners and the overall winner on Friday, December 17th, during the 2021 FBD Young Farmer of the Year broadcast hosted by Damien O’Reilly, streamed on Macra na Feirme’s Facebook page.

The awards, in association with Macra na Feirme, are sponsored annually by FBD and run by Macra na Feirme with partnerships with the IFA and the National Rural Network.

These awards celebrate the achievements of young farmers and their contribution to farming.

The competition features category awards for:

  • Dairy;
  • Drystock (beef and sheep);
  • Other enterprises, including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage, equine);
  • Land mobility;
  • Farm management.

This year features awards for the best emerging young farmer and the National Rural Network biodiversity farmer of the year award.

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According to organisers, “the stakes are higher in this year’s competition”.

This year, the overall prize fund is increasing “substantially”. There is an increased overall pot of cash prizes and the addition of insurance and hotel vouchers for category winners.

The overall winner of the competition will receive €5,000. Each category winner and the emerging young farmer will take home €1,000.

Each winner will also receive vouchers from the FBD Hotel Group and FBD Insurance.

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