YOUNG Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster would like to congratulate Sam Graham, from Killinchy YFC, and Matthew Cleland, from Spa YFC, for winning first place for County Down in the Machinery Handling Competition at Balmoral Show. Well done also to David Thompson and Oisin McAteer from Randalstown YFC for securing second place for County Antrim.
FarmWeek columnist Ian Harvey, MBE, proud supporter of YFCU and renowned agricultural journalist, kindly organised and supplied the YFCU with the new machinery handling trophy, which was created by Monea Metal Design, County Fermanagh.
Commenting on handing over the new trophy, Ian said: “I felt privileged to have been able to present the trophy and to thank the YFCU and all those amazing young farmers who supported me with my crazy charity challenges rowing across the world’s largest lakes, never mind rivers and canals on the island of Ireland.
“Thank goodness for an incredible youth organisation prepared to stand up and be counted. I am one of the organisation’s greatest fans!”
The competition consisted of two members from clubs in each of the six counties, selected from county heats, which made up the teams and there were three heats to determine which two teams took part in the final head-to-head.
The Machinery Handling Final course was set up to test the member’s manoeuvrability skills against the clock. Members had to manoeuvre around tight turns and, with precision, roll out a slurry pipe with a weighted object onto the podium while driving carefully to not drag the weighted object off the podium.
CAFRE staff William Richmond and Selwyn Graham oversaw the safety aspects and logistics of the whole competition along with the design of the course.
YFCU would like to show appreciation to Johnston Gilpin Ltd for its continued support and sponsorship of the YFCU Machinery Handling Competition along with the use of its excellent machinery and the design of the course.
YFCU would also like to express its gratitude to the Royal Ulster Agriculture Society (RUAS) for the use of the Cattle Rings at the Balmoral Show for competition use.