Promoting Irish Agricultural excellence
The FBD Young Farmer of the Year Awards
The FBD Young Farmer of the Year Awards are organised by Macra na Feirme with financial and other resources from FBD. The aim of the competition is to recognise and reward the top-performing young farmers in the country.
Adjudication is based on 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.
The FBD National Farmyard Awards
The FBD National Farmyard Awards are organised by the Irish Farmers Journal with financial support and commitment from FBD. The awards were set up in 2015, at a time where many Irish farmyards were undergoing massive redevelopment as part of the Farm Waste Management Scheme.
These awards are seen as an innovative development to recognise those with the best kept farmyards in the country. There is a strong link between tidy workplaces and safe workplaces, with farm safety being a key theme for the judging panel.
The Women and Agriculture Awards
These awards celebrate the essential role women play on farms. There are two categories in these awards; the ‘Innovation on Farm’ award recognises women who are farming in their own right or in a partnership, and whose contribution has been essential to the success and profitability of the farm.
The ‘Agribusiness and Innovation’ category rewards women who see opportunity through diversification of the farm business and made a success of that business idea. As sponsor of these awards, FBD is represented during the adjudication process and also at the award ceremony. The winners of this national competition go forward to represent Ireland in the European competition.
FBD Student of the Year Award
The FBD Student of the Year awards are annual awards presented to top graduates from Teagasc Level 6 agricultural training programmes. A bursary and travel opportunity is presented to the overall winner. Nominees for these awards are the next generation of farm leaders and innovators.
2018 Paddy Fitzgerald award
In 1998, the Paddy Fitzgerald Memorial Awards were established by the IFA in memory of the late Paddy Fitzgerald, a dairy and livestock farmer who worked tirelessly for farmers and his community. The awards recognise the immense contribution of the recipient to rural life in the Munster region.
FBD has financially supported these biennial awards since their inception.
Other events and awards that FBD sponsor or promote are as follows:
- The Women and Agriculture Conference
- The FBD National Dairy Open Day
- Nuffield Scholarships
- Nuffield Scholarships
- ASA Conference Partner
- FBD CellCheck Awards
- FBD €uro-Star €200 competition
- Patron Member of Agri Aware