Gavin scoops top farm prize

A Maynooth farmer has won a Land Rover in the TG4’s reality show, Feirm Factor

A Maynooth farmer has won a Land Rover in the TG4’s reality show, Feirm Factor

Gavin Satchwell, from Maynooth, saw off opposition and won himself a commercial Land Rover Discovery 4 valued at E41,000.

The North Kildare rugby forward picked up the two seater vehicle on 24 March.

Gavin told the Leader this week that once he got established in the competition he felt strong but he knew it would not be easy in the final.

He and the other contestants had been under the spotlight when the series returned to screens on Sunday, 16 January.

The 26 year old was the only Kildare farmer involved when film and judging took place last August/September.

Only the top three farmers, Gavin, Joanne Hanrahan from Ballyhooly Cork, and Barry Drea from Bagenalstown Carlow were selected for the final by the judges, including Maura Derrane, and  agricultural  expert, Seán Ó Lionáird, and former Kildare TD and Minister for Agriculture, Alan Dukes.

Gavin, son of Roger and Aida Satchwell, and grandson of Felicity Satchwell, jointly runs 180 acres in Maynooth and 212 acres in Athyboy with his father and two brothers.

Educated at Gurteen Agricultural college between 2003-5, he spends most of his time at the Meath farm where suckler beef are produced.

There was no second prize. “It was winner takes all,” said Gavin who acknowledged it was tough on the other two finalists getting no prize at all.

Gavin told the Leader this week, he will probably sell his current 2007 jeep he uses on the farm and keep the new one.

He was not the only family member to appear on the Feirm Factor show.

Other family members, including Niamh, his girlfriend for seven years, also appeared on the programme.