OFFALY IFA recently made a presentation to Kevin Heavin, FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2011. Kevin is IFA Branch Secretary of Ferbane branch.
Kevin won the top prize of a a travel bursary worth €3,000 and a specially-commissioned piece by Clare-based artist Erich Fichtner.
The Belmont man beat off stiff competition to claim the prize last month at an awards ceremony in the Seafield Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Twenty five contestants from all over Ireland took part in the 13th FBD Young Farmer of the Year final. The competition, run by Macra na Feirme in conjunction with the IFA, aims to recognise excellence in the agricultural industry and promote farming as a career with a bright future.
Six overall finalists were interviewed by a judging panel chaired by Tom Arnold, Concern Worldwide CEO; with Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc; Willie Fahy, IFAC CEO; Joe Burke, Bord Bia; Joe Healy, Former Macra President; Seamus Phelan, Former Macra President and Pat O’Toole, Irish Farmers Journal.