Desmond Maybin, a member of Lisnamurrican Young Farmers’ Club, Co Antrim, is the winner of the annual YFCU Silage Making Competition.
Desmond, who was attending a Young Farmers’ Silage conference at Loughry Agricultural College last Friday, heard of his success at the close of the conference and was presented with his trophy by Mr George Shannon, principal of the college.
Aged 24, Desmond works with his father and brother on a 150-acre farm near Ballymena, which carries a herd of 70 dairy cows and 70 suckler cows.
The beef calves reared on the farm are sold as young store cattle.
An additional 60 acres rented as conacre are used for growing grass and potatoes. Over 1,000 tons of silage are made each year.
A member of Lisnamurrican Club for the past seven years, Desmond’s main interests have been in the livestock competitions.
He has won several proficiency awards for judging and was a member of his club team which gained second place in the Ulster Finals of the Cattle Judging Competition last year.
In the Silage Competition he gained 252 marks out of a possible 300.