"This year I felt like I could go a step or two further than before and win it".
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Owen on the farm

A Cork-based dairy farmer has made it into the final as he looks to win the FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award.

Owen Ashton manages a farm of 180 cattle in Castlelyons, has been working with dairy farmer Kevin Twomey in Cork since 2015.

Owen – who is originally from Navan – also entered the competition in 2017 and decided that he would have another go at it in 2021.

“I applied in 2017 and got as far as the semi-final.

“This year I felt like I could go a step or two further than before and win it.

“I knew I had a few extra years of experience, so I said I’d give it another go.”

The standard in this year’s awards has been very high across all categories, with equally as strong competition for the overall award.

Owen has made his way through a number of rounds to get to the final five, with a panel of judges that included high-profile farmers, Teagasc representatives and FBD officials deciding he was worthy of a place on the final shortlist.

The overall winner will be announced on Friday, and the event – which will be hosted by Damien O’Reilly – will be broadcast on Macra na Feirme’s Facebook page.

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