MEMBERS of the YFCU displayed their skills at the association’s annual sheep shearing compet-ition that took place on the Wednesday morning of Balmoral Show.
The competition was held in association with the Ulster Wool Marketing Board (UWMB), the Northern Ireland Sheep Shearers Association (NISSA), and Lister
Shearing Equipment Limited, and con-sisted of two sections – novice and advanced.
In the novice competition, judges named Matthew Robinson, Gleno Valley YFC, as the YFCU sheep shearing novice winner for 2021 and he received the John Gilpin trophy. Second place went to Stephen Wilson, Bleary YFC, and third place went to Alexander Boyd, Straid YFC.
It was then the turn of the experienced shearers to show their craft at its best in the YFCU advanced sheep shearing competition.
Competitors sweated it out in a tough contest with the top scorers making it through to the final.
In the final, Sean McCollum from The Glens YFC secured the top place and was presented with the Lister handpiece trophy.
Second place went to Andrew Rea, Straid YFC, and third place went to Iain Wilson, Gleno Valley YFC.
The association would like to thank the Northern Ireland Sheep Shearers Association (NISSA), Ulster Wool Mark-eting Board (UWMB) and Lister Shearing Equipment Limited for their ongoing support of the YFCU sheep shearing competition.
YFCU would like to extend its thanks to the sheep shearing committee at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society for ensuring the smooth running of the competition on the day.