Young farmers enjoy contest successes

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SEVERAL local Young Farmers’s groups have enjoyed success in contests designed to put their agricultural knowledge and practical skills to the test.

Inverurie Young Farmers Club triumphed in the North Agri-Skills competition, organised by the Farm Management Association and held at Dingwall Auction Mart on Saturday, May 14. E

arlier, the club’s senior team also won through in the Farm Management Association Quiz held at Lochter Activity Centre seeing off a challenge from Belhelvie JAC. In the junior quiz, Turriff JAC emerged triumphant, with Udny JAC coming in as runners up.

In all, 12 teams took part in the pub-style quiz, which tested participants’ knowledge on a range of topics including dairy and grass, arable, pigs and poultry, environmental and organic, finance and law. cattle and beef, sheep, and fruit and veg.

The winning senior team were awarded the Hayes, McCubbin Macfarlane Trophy and £50, while the runners up were also awarded £50. The top junior and senior teams were also awarded £50 to share between them.

The North Agri-Skills competition saw six teams competing from Bower, Halkirk, Inver Ross, Ross, Sutherland, Belhelvie and Inverurie. The teams carried out a number of activities including construction of a nesting box, digger skills, reversing a trailer, fault finding, identification of livestock diseases, calibration of a knapsack sprayer and a first aid questionnaire.

Inverurie’s YFC team of John Penman, Eion Cumming and Jack Wright secured top honours with 126 points. Second placed were Bower YFC with 123 points, while third place went to James Harrison, David Carnie and Stuart Jamieson from Belhelvie JAC with 120 points.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs thanked everyone who had helped to ensure that the competition could take place.

“This is the second successful year of the Agri-skills competition in the North Region”, she said.

“The North Region are currently looking for a sponsor for this competition, someone who is willing to donate a trophy and prize money for the winning team as well as offering some sort of contribution to the running costs of the competition.”

Anyone interested in helping to sponsor the event can contact Susan Smith on 01888 563322 or via email at north@sayfc.org in the first instance.