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Westport farmer named Farmer of the Year

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WINNER ALRIGHT Louise Hogan, Farming Editor, Farming Independent and Irish Independent, with Joe Scahill, winner of the Sheep Farmer of the Year Award at the Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards.

A Westport farmer has been named as the winner of the Sheep Farmer of the Year Award at the nationwide Farmer of the Year Awards, which were held in Dublin on Friday, May 26.
Having won the award over two other farmers in the Sheep Farmer of the Year category, Joe Scahill was presented with a cash prize of €2,500 at the special awards ceremony for his achievements.
The Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards, now in their fourth year, recognise  excellence in all areas of the Irish farming industry, aiming to shine a light on one of the most successful and important sectors within the Irish economy.
There were six categories including Beef, Dairy, Tillage and Farm Safety. In addition, a special ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was awarded to Martin Ryan, Agricultural Journalist from Newport Co Tipperary, and a Grand Prix Award was presented to Peter Hynes from Aherla, Cork, as overall Farmer of the Year.
Speaking at the awards, Declan O’Halloran, Head of Sales and Agri Business for Zurich Insurance, said: “The Farmer of the Year Awards are designed to celebrate excellence across a wide range of farming categories and to reward Ireland’s farmers for their contribution to their communities and to society. Joe Scahill has set himself apart as the Sheep Farmer of the Year and we’re proud to help recognise this accomplishment. On behalf of Zurich, Ireland’s fastest growing farm insurer and a title sponsor of this event, I would like to congratulate Joe Scahill, and the other winners of the 2017 Farmer of the Year Awards, as well as each and every one of those who were shortlisted. These awards are a celebration of their successes and a showcase of some of the world-class work carried out by Ireland’s farming community, and it’s great to see them becoming an annual highlight on the farming calendar.”

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