The Kilkenny FBD Young Farmer of the Year county finalist has been announced as Thomas Hassett from Mooncoin. He will go on to represent his county at the semi-final of the 15th annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA.
Thomas is a 25 year old dairy farmer and is a new entrant to this enterprise since April 2012.
He hopes to increase his herd number by milking on a low cost based system as this will maximise his return on investment. Land availability for the purpose of expansion and finding the best staff possible are some of the factors facing Thomas. He is a member of Suirside Macra, the Kildalton discussion group and is also the acting chair of the newly formed Greenshoots discussion group. This group consists of young farmers from Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary and Limerick which formed in 2012 with the aim of improving dairy management by learning from each other.
County finalists will compete against 23 of the country’s other top young farmers in the national semi-finals, which take place in a number of locations on the 27th and 29th August. Six finalists will then be chosen to go through to the national final on the 3rd September in the Dunraven Arms hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.