Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Carrowdore man named young farmer of the year

This year's United Dairy Farmers’ Young Farmer of the Year title has gone to a Carrowdore man.

Chris Catherwood won the award which was announced at last week's Balmoral Show.

Chris received a cheque for £1,000 and a trip to the European Dairy Farmers Congress to be held in Italy this June.

“Chris Catherwood is a worthy winner,” said United chairman, John Dunlop.

“He is the farm manager at the Newtownards farm of John and Jason Rankin and the judges were very impressed with the outstanding contribution he is making to the management of the farm, his focus on key production targets and his specific objectives for its future.”

John Dunlop, chairman of United Dairy Farmers, said: “We introduced this award to recognise the tremendous contribution young farmers make on local dairy farms. The competition was open to those aged 35 or under and entries were received from United member farms across Northern Ireland.”

He continued: “I want to thank all those who entered the competition.

“We had a strong list of entrants and it is clear from this that the future of the dairy industry is in good hands with progressive young farmers who are making a real difference in their farm businesses.”

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