The Monaghan FBD Young Farmer of the Year county finalist has been announced as Kieran McDermott from Clones.
Kieran is a 25-year-old dairy farmer from Clones.
He completed an Agricultural degree in Dundalk Institute of Technology and has since been at home working on the farm.
His plans are to slowly build up number of cows and to improve the genetic breeding of the herd. He is a member of Macra where he is the county secretary, the club chairperson.
Kieran will go on to represent his county at the semi-final of the 16th annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA.
The 28 county finalists will each compete in the national semi-finals taking place on the 20 and 22 August. Six overall finalists will then go through to the final in September in Cork.
The prestigious competition recognises and rewards the top young farmers in the country and is kindly supported by FBD Insurance.
Entrants are judged according to a number of criteria including farm business initiative and innovation, levels of farm efficiency and enterprise quality, farm safety and environmental protection awareness, as well as agricultural knowledge and community involvement.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place as well as to winners of the “Innovation” and “Community Involvement” Awards and to each county winner.
The overall winner of the competition will receive a bursary to undertake international travel and study farm practices.