THE Grassland Farmer of the Year, awarded by the Ulster Grassland Society, is John Martin of Greyabbey.
The competition awards are an important feature of the Annual Conference and were again generously sponsored by Danske Bank. Competition was high and included entries from all over Northern Ireland with first round judging undertaken by Hugh McCluggage and John Henning. The final round judging then saw the finalists visited by the 2018 winner John Egerton, Dr Sinclair Mayne and Competition Secretary Steven Morrison.
The winners in the Grassland Farmer of the Year competition were as follows:
Overall Winner of Grassland Farmer of the Year – John Martin, Greyabbey
Grazing Cup – John Picken & Gregg Somerville, Hillsborough
Silage Cup – Harold Johnston & Sons, Ahoghill
Special Commendation – Barry Arthurs, Kircubbin
BGS Regional Cup – John Egerton, Rosslea
The judges complemented all of the winners on their dedication to grassland farming and ability to maximise production from grass. Each of the finalists were focused on attention to detail and ensuring their farm was performing to its optimum despite the vagaries of the weather and local conditions during 2018
Commenting specifically on the
winning Martin farm, they said: “Monitor to manage is a key feature on the farm with grass swards, livestock and financial performance carefully monitored to enable the best decisions to be made.
“Through this approach existing management practices have been challenged to achieve higher levels of livestock output from grass.”
All of the judges were highly impressed with John’s knowledge and enthusiasm for grass based sheep production and the high quality silage conserved in 2018.
The various awards in the competition were handed over by Rodney Brown, Head of Agribusiness, Danske Bank who again generously sponsored this prestigious competition.
New Society President Jim Freeburn thanked Danske Bank for sponsoring this important competition in the UGS calendar.