Johnston Gilpin & Co continue support of YFCU Machinery Handling Competition

10 May 2018

 Johnston Gilpin & Co continue support of YFCU Machinery Handling Competition

Pictured are YFCU members taking part in the 2017 final of the machinery handling competition held at Balmoral Show.


The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster has announced that Johnston Gilpin & Co will return as sponsors of the association’s machinery handling competition final. Working closely with the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), Johnston Gilpin & Co assist with the planning of the designated course to test the competitors’ tractor skills and safety knowledge. 

Johnston Gilpin & Co have supported the YFCU machinery handling competition for many years and provide the machinery for the young farmers to use during the event. The final will comprise of two members from each of the six counties. These finalists have been selected following the county heats. At Balmoral Show three heats will be held to determine which two teams will go head to head to compete for the 2018 title.

The final will take place at Balmoral Show on Thursday 17th May at 2pm at the Cattle Rings.

The 2018 finalists are:

Co Armagh
Joe Black, Collone YFC 
Thomas Chambers, Collone YFC

Co Antrim 
David Thompson, Randalstown YFC
Alan Adams, Lisnamurrican YFC

Co Down 
Sam Graham, Killinchy YFC

Jonathan Hayes, Killinchy YFC


Co Fermanagh
Jason Johnston, Kesh YFC

George Irvine, Kesh YFC

Co Londonderry
James Purcell, Dungiven YFC

Geoff McNeill, Garvagh YFC

Co Tyrone 
Adam Wilson, Cappagh YFC 
Henry Giles, Seskinore YFC

YFCU would like to thank Johnston Gilpin & Co for their continued support of this event. The Association also extend their gratitude to HSENI.