The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) annual fencing competition took place recently at the Northern Ireland Ploughing Championships and Ballywalter YFC took the top spot.
For the twelfth year in a row, the competition was run in association with AH Ward and Boyd Limited, who represent BETAFENCE in Northern Ireland. The contest allowed members from the 23 teams who took part to learn and practice their fencing skills under the expert tuition of chief instructor Crosby Cleland.
As last year the teams were divided into two sections novice and senior. Teams from Gleno Valley, Moneyrea, Ballywalter, Spa and City of Derry YFCs took part in the senior section. Competing in the novice section were teams from Ballymiscaw, Co Fermanagh, Dungiven, Moycraig, Spa, Coleraine, Kilraughts, Kilrea, Kells and Connor and Cookstown.
The novice section were asked to erect a 20 metre straight stock proof fence with each fence having the sheep wire and barbed wire joined by traditional methods at some point in the fence. Meanwhile in the senior section the participants completed a 27m stock proof fence with a corner/ bend at a predetermined point. Both the sheep wire and the barbed wire were joined at the centre of the smaller section using traditional methods. Both sections were given three hours to complete the task.
Following the competition Mr. Crosby Cleland addressed the crowd who were anxiously waiting for the results. He commended all the teams who took part on the high quality of the fences and informed the competitors that the final decision was a very tough one.
Mr. Crosby Cleland then invited Mr. Colin Boyd from sponsor A. H Ward and Boyd Limited to present the prizes. In the novice section Kilraughts YFC came first and received the perpetual plate, medals and a cheque courtesy of A.H. Ward and Boyd Limited. Moycraig YFC came second and Dungiven YFC came third.
In the senior section Ballywalter YFC came first and received the ‘Green Rylock Trophy’, medals, a cheque and a visit to a Green Rylock factory in the UK. City of Derry YFC came second and Spa YFC came third.