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Kildalton College in Piltown, County Kilkenny was the host for the 2024 Macra & Teagasc Colleges Challenges Day on 14th February 2024. Teams of twelve students from Teagasc and private agricultural colleges around the country competed in sport, presentations, and land based skills learned during the college year such as stock judging, tractor driving, fencing and teamwork challenges. It was very close competition all day, with the outcome being decided at the final challenge. Many thanks to everyone who organised a competitive and enjoyable day. Thanks to Kildalton college for hosting the event and to the staff and judges from...

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The annual Agricultural Colleges Challenges Day is set to be held on 14th February in Kildalton Agricultural College in County Kilkenny. The challenges are based around leadership and teamwork and bring students together from six agricultural colleges: Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick Clonakilty Aggricultural College Co. Cork Gurteen Agricultural College, Co. Tipperary Kildalton Agricultural College, Co Kilkenny Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Co Cavan Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co. Galway  Twelve students from each college will participate in various competitions such as Tug of War, Simulator challenge, Stockjudging, Fencing and Tractor Driving, to name a few. The Farm Business and Technology Award...

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On Thursday the 1st of February in Luxembourg Square, Brussels; the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) will protest for dignified living and working conditions. This protest joins with many others taking place across the EU looking for fairness for farmers. Macra President Ms Elaine Houlihan said “The frustrations being felt by farmers across the EU have been well flagged, yet these frustrations are being ignored. Food production is in crisis, with 6.5% of farmers in the EU below the age of 35, there is little hope for the future of an industry that will age into obsolescence”. Macra has...

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Freemount Macra, from County Cork, has been named overall Macra Club of the Year at this year’s Club of the Year awards, which are sponsored by National Broadband Ireland (NBI). The long standing award is held annually on the October bank holiday weekend at the Macra Rally, which took place this year in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and was hosted by Galway and Roscommon Macra. This year’s competition featured additional regional awards, as well as an award for best emerging club. As part of the Club of the Year Competition, awards for Best New Macra Member are presented...

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The persistently low level of young farmers entering farming is a concern for the future of European agriculture and rural areas according to a report titled ‘generational renewal in the EU farms of the future.’   Welcoming the production of the report, Macra president Elaine Houlihan said “to address the crisis in Irish and European agriculture, young farmers need be front and centre to all agricultural policy and budgetary decisions.  We need to move from talking and reporting about the lack of young farmers to achieving action and putting greater resources behind the issue.”  The report by the EU Parliament Agriculture...

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