YOUNG farmers kickstarted their countdown to the Great Yorkshire Show with their annual Stockjudging Competition.
The Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging 2017 was held at Bishop Burton College, coinciding with its Open Farm Sunday event which was attended by around 1,500 people keen to find out more about farming and the environment.
Title of overall winning club went to Farnley Estate, with overall winning junior going to Kirkbymoorside YFC member Evie Harrison-Bradley and overall winning senior to Rebecca Richardson, of Rillington YFC.
The award for senior pigs went to Edward Kealey (Howden), with senior sheep going to Rebecca Richardson (Rillington). Luby Grayshon, of Farnley Estate, scooped both senior dairy and senior beef.
Junior pigs were won by Evie Harrison-Bradley (Kirkbymoorside), with top honours in junior sheep going to Emma Cockerill (Kirkbymoorside). Farnley Estate’s Holly Roberts took junior dairy, with Kirkbymoorside’s Emma Cockerill winning junior beef.
Ed Bentley, of the YFC committee that organises the stand at the Great Yorkshire, said members were very grateful to the principal of Bishop Burton, Jeanette Dawson, for enabling the young farmers to be part of such an important day in the college’s calendar.
“Having the day on Open Farm Sunday gives this stock judging competition a real atmosphere and is a tremendous experience for all those who take part,” he said.
Young farmers have a long association with the Great Yorkshire Show, having a stand at the Harrogate showground for as long as anybody can remember. This long association will be marked this year with a display of old photographs of young farmers through the ages. The debate traditionally held on the last day, Thursday July 13th, of the show will be chaired by new NFYFC President Charlotte Smith, who is better known to many as presenter of Countryfile and BBC radio’s Farming Today.
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HARROGATE District club Farnley Estate took top honours at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) county rally.
The event was held by kind permission of Thirsk Farmers’ Auction Mart and saw clubs from the length and breadth of Yorkshire battle it out in everything from traditional competitions such as stock judging through to more novelty events like limbo and the YFC’s very own version of the television programme I’m a Celebrity’s infamous BushtuckerTrial.
Second place club honours went to Penistone, with Reeth taking third.
Cledales, an area which covers from Thirsk up to Northallerton and across to Reeth and Aysgarth, was the district with the most overall points.
After the prizegiving the annual ‘rally do’ was held, with the young farmers swapping their work boots for dancing shoes.
Kelly Armitage, county administrator for the YFYFC, said the judges had been bowled over by the standard of the entries.
“We had a really brilliant day and we can’t begin to thank all the judges, stewards and Thirsk Mart enough,” said Kelly, who added that there “really is something for everybody to enter” at a modern-day young farmers’ rally.
For further information about young farmers in Yorkshire visit www.yfyfc.org.uk or telephone 01423 865870.
Yorkshire YFC (YFYFC) swept the board at the Northern Area Field Day, returning home with all three trophies.
The day of competitions ranged from horse judging to handwriting and pig judging to pizza shovels. It was hosted by County Durham Federation of Young Farmers (on June 10th) and held at East Durham College’s Houghall campus
Kelly Armitage, YFYFC county administrator, said she was moved to tears when the winners were announced.
“All those who took part were a credit to Yorkshire,” said Kelly. “They pulled out all the stops and did their county proud. To come home with all three trophies was just brilliant – a really memorable moment for everybody who was there.”
Penistone YFC secretary Lauren Howe, who took part in the ladies’ tug of war as well as making an apple strudel and some traditional Austrian lederhosen, said it had been the most fantastic day.
“To be taking part at the Field Day was a big thing, but to end up coming home the overall winners was just amazing,” said Lauren. “Needless to say, we were all in very good form when it came to the dance at night!”
The trophies were for overall winners, stockjudging and non stockjudging competitions. Runners-up overall were County Durham, with third place honours going to Cumbria.