ABP in conjunction with Blade Farming Northern Ireland today announced the launch of its Farmers of the Future programme at this year’s Balmoral Show. Open to all young and aspiring farmers aged 12 -16 years old, the aim of the initiative is to encourage young people into beef farming, educate them with regard to best rearing practices and promote farming as a long term career option.

The winners will receive 6 calves aged 14 weeks to rear through to finish in addition to the highest level of professional support and – knowledge from ABP and industry experts
The value to each winner will be in the region of £6,000
Farmers of the Future is open to budding farmers aged 12-16 years old, who need to submit 200 word proposal on why they should win via the Farmers of the Future website.
A final short list will be drawn from all entries and the winners will be announced in June
The closing date for entries is the 5th June
The Balmoral Show, which is now in its 147th year, is Ireland’s largest agricultural show. Held in Balmoral Park, Lisburn, the Show includes various exciting exhibitions and shows over the course of three days
For more information about the Farmers of the Future competition visit the Farmers of the Future website.
farmers of the future at Balmoral

Arthur Callaghan, Blade Farming Northern Ireland, commented:

‘We’re always keen to inspire the next generation of farmers into the industry and that is exactly what we are doing with this programme. The winners will receive the perfect stepping stone into a career in farming, being able to rear their own cattle along with the very best professional support.’