Ulster Young Farmer of the Year Competition Commences

17 November 2009

Ulster Young Farmer of the Year Competition Commences

YFCU is pleased to announce that Northern Bank is continuing its long standing sponsorship of the Ulster Young Farmer Competition 2009/10.  The first round of the competition will take place at club level on Thursday November 26th 2009. 
The Ulster Young Farmer of the Year has continued to be one of the most eagerly contested of all YFCU competitions, attracting over four hundred and fifty participants annually. 

The competition is organised in three stages with only a small number of participants making it through to the third and final stage.  At stage one members complete a multiple choice question paper.  In the senior section of the competition, members will have just one hour to answer 60 questions, while in the junior section, members will have one hour to answer 30 questions. 

The top three participants from each club in stage one will then be invited to attend a central venue to complete a longer multiple choice paper.  The best contestants from stage two are then invited to compete in a practical day.  This stage combines both a practical challenge and oral repartee to find out which senior member will take the title of Ulster Young Farmer of the Year, and which junior member will pick up the much coveted title of Junior Young Farmer of the Year.

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Ulster Young Farmer of the Year competition is John Henning, Head of Agriculture from sponsor Northern Bank and YFCU President Thoburn McCaughey.

John Henning, Head of Agriculture, Northern Bank is looking forward to the 2009/10 YFCU Ulster Young Farmer Competition. Speaking at the launch of this year’s competition he said,

”Northern Bank is proud to continue supporting the Ulster Young Farmer Competition. We believe this competition is one of the most prestigious in the YFCU’s impressive array of competitive activities particularly as it helps members measure and improve their technical skills. We look forward to another record entry this year, particularly to help mark the 80th anniversary of the Association”.

He continued by wishing all participants well in the first round of the competition on 26th November. 

YFCU President, Thoburn McCaughey, was delighted to receive the news that Northern Bank are once again lending their support to this prestigious competition.

"The Ulster Young Farmer of the Year competition is a highlight in the YFCU’s calendar as it allows members to demonstrate their knowledge of farming and farming practice and also helps them further develop career building skills.

"This is the 24th year that Northern Bank has supported this competition and we are greatly indebted to them for their continued support, especially to John Henning for helping to set the question paper and for taking time to attend on the finals day” said Thoburn.

For more information on the YFCU Ulster Young Farmer competition contact Kerry Megrath of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster on 028 90 37 0713.