The Young Farmers Positive Forum is to take place on July 22 in Birr, Co. Offaly, hosted by Macra na Feirme and AIB.

The forum will equip young farmers with essential insights and information to steer their farming careers in the right direction.

As part of Macras Young Farmer Skillnet, there will be a variety of experts and facilitators to challenge young farmers to be even more dynamic and expert in their field, Macra says.

Macra President Sean Finan said that young farmers need ongoing training and skills enhancement to maximise output and success on farm.

This forum aims to encourage young farmers to be more strategic and skilled in their approach to the farm business. I encourage all young farmers to attend.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Agri Advisor with AIB said the event has been specifically developed to provide young farmers with the opportunity to learn from two progressive farmers as well as participate in a number of information hubs.

“We hope that the day will greater equip young farmers to maximise opportunities and mitigate ongoing challenges, both important in the dynamic environment in which we operate,” he said.

The forum kicks off at 9am on July 22 in the County Arms Hotel, Birr Co. Offaly. Two farmers will open their farms to delegates at the forum.

New entrant to dairying, Padraig Keane, from Kilcormac, Co. Offaly and beef and sheep farmer, Ray Dempsey, from Coolderry, Co. Offaly, will open their farms.

There will also be a number of information hubs which will include representatives from AIB, the Department of Agriculture, Grasstec, Herdwatch and the Land Mobility Service.