James Purcell from Dungiven YFC has been named the winner of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) 2015 silage making competition sponsored by John Thompson & Sons Limited.
The competition began in November with members from over 30 clubs from throughout Northern Ireland taking part in regional heats.
From this the highest scorer from each county made it through to the final.
The finalists were James Purcell (Dungiven YFC), John Porter (Annaclone and Magherally YFC), Jason Ferguson (West Fermanagh YFC), Conor Cochrane (Moycraig YFC), Craig Burrows (Cappagh YFC) and Andrew Boyes (Bleary YFC).
The competitors were assessed by judges Mary Jane Robinson from John Thompson and Sons Limited and Roger McCracken, dairy farmer and dedicated member of Ballywalter YFC.
The judges travelled to the farm of each finalist and carried out a visual inspection of the silage taking into account its fermentation, digestibility and dry matter content as well as the sealing of the silo and the way in which the effluent was collected.
They also conducted an interview with each of the finalists in relation to how the silage was made and their current feeding policy.
James Purcell from Dungiven (YFC) was announced as this year’s winner with John Porter (Annaclone and Magherally YFC) taking second place and Jason Ferguson (West Fermanagh YFC) and Conor Cochrane (Moycraig YFC) placed joint third.
YFCU would like to thank the judging panel for taking the time to make their expertise available to the association.
The YFCU would also like to extend a note of appreciation to John Thompson and Sons Limited for their continued support of this event.