Voting is set to begin to elect the next president of the Irish Farmers' Association.

Three candidates are seeking to replace current president Joe Healy.

A series of debates have been held around the country in recent weeks.

Candidates faced tough questions are members expressed concerns over the association’s ability to serve farmers in difficult times.

The three candidates are men – John Coughlan from Buttevant, Co Cork, Tim Cullinan, from Toomevara, Co Tipperary and Angus Woods from Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

Thomas Cooney from Co Cavan and Brian Rushe from Co Kildare are seeking election as deputy president.

There will be ballots at 944 locations around the country and the first votes will be cast on Árainn Mhór (Arranmore) tonight.
The votes will be counted on 17 December and the next President will take up office in January.