Calling Offaly farmers! Here's your chance to win a €1,000 bursary

The bursaries support young farmers in education

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Calling Offaly farmers! Here's your chance to win a €1,000 bursary

Previous winners of the Agricultural Educational bursaries

Due to the popularity of the Irish Hereford Bursary Competition, over the past two years attracting interest from numerous aspiring students hoping to pursue a career in the agri-sector, organisers are running it again for the 3rd consecutive year.

The competition is funded by the Irish Hereford Breed Society in collaboration with Slaney Foods. It offers young farmers the opportunity to win one of five €1,000 educational bursaries. Lesley Lewis and John Mahon, both from Birr Co.Offaly were among the winners in recent years.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: “A Young Farmer’s opportunities and challenges in Beef Farming”. The papers should not surpass a maximum of 2,000 words and should be sent with the candidate's name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than
Friday, August 31, 2018 to:

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday, September 10 and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday, September 19 to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.

Previous winner, Hannah Mulligan from Limerick, said: "I would 100% recommend taking part in the competition to any young person with an interest in Irish agriculture. The entire process is incredibly rewarding and the experience you get is fantastic. I was thrilled to win a bursary, but more importantly for me was the work and study I put into the essay. It proved to me a passion and capability that I had for agriculture and cemented my decision to become more involved in the farm.”

For further details of the programme, visit You can also find these details at and In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855.