YFCU Silage Making Competiton 2019
31 January 2019
Congratulations to Matthew Gault from Dungiven YFC who has been named the winner of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster 2019 silage making competition!
Mark Johnston from Randalstown YFC was placed second, with Andrew Patton from Newtownards YFC taking the third place.The remaining finalists who sadly missed out on a podium position were Andrew Boyes from Bleary YFC, Trent Brown from Seskinore YFC and Stewart Reynolds from Lisbellaw YFC.
The competition, sponsored by John Thompson & Sons Limited, began at the beginning of January with members from over 30 clubs throughout Northern Ireland taking part in regional heats. The highest scorer from each county then progressed to compete in the final.
The competitors were assessed by judges Ronald Annett from John Thompson & Sons Limited and Roger McCracken from Ballywalter YFC. On Wednesday 30th January, judges travelled through the snow to the farm of each finalist and carried out a visual inspection of the silage; taking into account its fermentation, digestibility and dry matter content as well as the sealing of the silo and the way in which the effluent was collected.
They also conducted an interview with each of the finalists in relation to how the silage was made and their current feeding policy.
YFCU would like to thank the judges for giving up their time to make their expertise available. It would also like to extend a note of appreciation to John Thompson & Sons Limited for their continued support of this event.