Dairy stock judging and silage assessment heats begin

The 2015 YFCU silage assessment winners Laura Robson, Holestone YFC; Peter Smith, Derg Valley YFC; Gareth Ritchie, Ballywalter YFC and Stuart McIvor, Castlecaulfield YFC pictured with YFCU president Roberta Simmons and Carolyn Wilson from sponsor John Thompson and Sons
The 2015 YFCU silage assessment winners Laura Robson, Holestone YFC; Peter Smith, Derg Valley YFC; Gareth Ritchie, Ballywalter YFC and Stuart McIvor, Castlecaulfield YFC pictured with YFCU president Roberta Simmons and Carolyn Wilson from sponsor John Thompson and Sons

The YFCU’s annual dairy stock judging county and area heats 2016, run in association with Ulster Bank, will be taking place over the next few weeks in farms throughout Northern Ireland.

The annual YFCU silage assessment competition heats, sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Limited will also be taking place at the same time.

Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Cormac McKervey and Connor McNeill of Ulster Bank are pictured last year presenting prizes to the YFCU 2015 dairy stock judging winners: Thomas Miller, Claire Adams and Cara Millar of Coleraine YFC; Chloe Miller Dungiven YFC and Robert Stewart, Newtownards YFC

Roberta Simmons, YFCU president, Cormac McKervey and Connor McNeill of Ulster Bank are pictured last year presenting prizes to the YFCU 2015 dairy stock judging winners: Thomas Miller, Claire Adams and Cara Millar of Coleraine YFC; Chloe Miller Dungiven YFC and Robert Stewart, Newtownards YFC

Hundreds of YFCU members are expected to take part in the popular competitions.

County and area heats are as follows:

Co Armagh – Thursday 14th April, 6.30pm hosted at Markethill Mart, 12 Cladymilltown Road, Markethill, Co Armagh, BT60 1RS.

Co Down – Tuesday 12th April, 6.30pm hosted at Draynes Farm, 1 Glenavy Road, Lisburn, BT28 3UP.

Co Derry/ Londonderry– Wednesday 13th April, 6.30pm hosted at Arnold Boyce’s Farm, 131 Mettican Road, Garvagh, Coleraine, BT51 5HS.

Co Antrim – Wednesday 6th April, 6.30pm - hosted at Stephen Morrison’s Farm, 80 Carrowreagh Road, Armoy, Co Antrim, BT53 8RS.

Co Fermanagh & Tyrone – Tuesday 5th April, 6.30pm – hosted at Andrew Little’s Farm, 190 Gardiners Cross Road, Drumderg, Tempo, BT94 3JL.

Clubs must register all names of members who will be competing in advance of the heats. Members must register for the competition between 6.30pm and 7.30pm each evening.

The top four competitors from each age group from both the dairy stock judging and silage assessment competitions will make it through to the stock judging finals that will take place at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus on 7th July 2016.

For further information on the competition please contact Heather Stewart at YFCU HQ on 028 9037 0713.