Robert McCloy of Limavady YFC is this year’s winner of the Ulster Young Farmer Competition, organised by the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.
It is a happy coincidence that Limavady, the first Young Farmers’ Club to be formed in Northern Ireland, should produce the winner of the association’s most important competition, during the 40th anniversary celebrations.
As club president at 23 years of age, Robert must be among the youngest members to be elected to this office. He is also secretary of the YFCU Londonderry County Committee, having previously served as county treasurer.
During his six years in Limavady Club Robert has taken part in stock judging, public speaking and group debating competitions and has won proficiency awards in all three sections.
He has competed in the Ulster Young Farmer Competition in previous years and has on two occasions come very close to winning; last year he as first in the grass-arable section of the competition.
A past pupil of Coleraine Academical Institution and a former student at Greenmount Agricultural College, Robert works with his father on a 160-acre farm – “Hollymount,” Ballykelly, Co Derry.
The farm carries a herd of 23 Aberdeen Angus-cross suckling cows, the young beef being fattened on the farm and about 40 bullocks are brought in during the year, half in November and half in February.
A flock of 48 cross-bred ewes are kept for fat lamb production, and the crops include 55 acres of barley, 15 acres of seed potatoes and 18 acres of Italian Ryegrass.
Robert’s main interests are in the arable crops and beef production.