James McKay wins Ulster Young Farmer Competition

26 April 2017

James McKay wins Ulster Young Farmer Competition

James McKay from Cappagh YFC has been named Ulster Young Farmer of the Year.
Sponsored by Danske Bank, the Ulster Young Farmer of the Year competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the Association’s calendar.
After qualifying through two preliminary rounds, James made it through to the final, which took place in CAFRE Greenmount campus earlier this year. During the final stage he had to answer questions on a series of topics including finance, countryside management, beef, arable, machinery, sheep and dairy.
Awards are given to the member who scores the highest in each of the sections and James took one of these individual titles as well gaining the top spot in the Sheep Section.
Mark Forsythe, Danske Bank’s Senior Agri Manager for the East Region, presented James with the McCausland Trophy and the other prize winners with their awards.
Overall second place in the Ulster Young Farmer competition was awarded to Timothy Savage from Annaclone & Magherally YFC and 3rd place was awarded to Jessica Pollock from Derg Valley YFC.
The Ulster Young Farmer Best Under 21 results were also delivered at the AGM and conference with Megan Patterson from Dungiven YFC taking the top spot in the Under 21 category and receiving the Golden Plough Trophy.
The Ulster Young Farmer 25-30 years old award was also presented. Taking top spot in this category and winning the Roberta Simmons shield was John Porter from Annaclone & Magherally YFC. In second place was Alexander Currie from Kells & Connor and in third place was Michael Woodrow from Spa YFC.

 

Countryside Management

 

 

2nd Place TIE

Bryan Fleming, Clanabogan YFC

Ian Walker, Collone YFC

Megan Patterson, Dungiven YFC

Robert Keatley, Derg Valley YFC

 

1st Place & The Clarke Black Trophy

Peter Boyd, Straid YFC

 

Sheep Section

 

 

3rd Place

Peter Boyd, Straid YFC

 

2nd Place

Robert Keatley, Derg Valley YFC

 

1st Place & McCausland Trophy

James McCay, Cappagh YFC

 

Beef  Section

 

 

2nd Place TIE

James McCay, Cappagh YFC

Joanne Smyth, Coleraine YFC

 

1st Place and Ulster Farmers’ Mart Trophy

Bryan Fleming, Clanabogan YFC

 

Pigs/Poultry Section

 

 

2nd Place TIE

Ross Beattie, Finvoy YFC

Paul Cottney, Hillsborough YFC

 

1st and Pigs Marketing Board Trophy

Sam Patterson, Dungiven YFC

 

 

Grass Section

 

 

3rd Place

Jonathan Bristow, Ahoghill YFC

 

2nd Place

James McCay, Cappagh YFC

 

1st  Place Tie and Peter Fitzpatrick Trophy 

Paul Cottney, Hillsborough YFC

 

Arable Section

 

 

3rd Place

Jessica Pollock, Derg Valley YFC

 

2nd Place

Stephen Moore, Coleraine YFC

 

1st Place and Noel Sufferin Trophy

Timothy Savage, Annaclone & Magherally YFC

 

Dairy Section

 

 

3rd Place

Ian Walker, Collone YFC

 

 

 

2nd Place

Claire Adams, Coleraine YFC

 

1st Place and Milk Marketing Board Trophy

Paul Cottney, Hillsborough YFC

 

Farm Safety Section

 

 

3rd Place

Jessica Pollock, Derg Valley YFC

 

2nd Place

Megan Patterson, Dungiven YFC

 

1st Place and NI Machinery Dealers Assoc. Trophy TIE

Paul Cottney, Hillsborough YFC

Claire Adams, Coleraine YFC

 

Finance Section

 

 

3rd Place

Steven Moore, Coleraine YFC

 

2nd Place

James McKay, Cappagh YFC

 

1st Place and Northern Bank Cup

Robert Keatley, Derg Valley YFC

 

Best Under 21

 

 

3rd Place

Jeffrey Hamilton, Newtownhamilton YFC

 

2nd Place

Laura Kennedy, Cappagh YFC

 

1st and Golden Plough Trophy

Megan Patterson, Dungiven YFC

 

 

 

Photo above: Ulster Young Farmer of the Year winner James McKay YFC, Cappagh YFC pictured with Mark Forsythe from sponsor Danske Bank and YFCU President, James Speers.


Pictured are section winners of the Ulster Young Farmer of the Year competition with Mark Forsythe from sponsor Danske Bank and YFCU President James Speers.


Best Under 21 Ulster Young Farmer of the Year, Megan Patterson, Dungiven YFC pictured with Mark Forsythe from sponsor Danske Bank and YFCU President James Speers.

Ulster Young Farmer 25-30 years old winner John Porter from Annaclone & Magherally YFC is presented with the Roberta Simmons shield by Mark Forsythe from sponsor Danske Bank and YFCU President James Speers.
 

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