Co Tyrone secure YFCU machinery handling title

Pictured receiving their first place prize in the YFCU machinery handling competition are county  members  from  YFC and  from  YFC with YFCU president, James Speers, Paul Kelly, HSENI, and Gethin Jones from sponsor Johnston Gilpin and Co. Also pictured are representatives from Johnston Gilpin and Co and HSENI
Pictured receiving their first place prize in the YFCU machinery handling competition are county members from YFC and from YFC with YFCU president, James Speers, Paul Kelly, HSENI, and Gethin Jones from sponsor Johnston Gilpin and Co. Also pictured are representatives from Johnston Gilpin and Co and HSENI

Co Tyrone members Adam Wilson from Cappagh YFC and Henry Giles from Seskinore YFC, were celebrating at this year’s Balmoral Show after winning the YFCU machinery handling competition.

The competition, held in association with long term sponsor Johnston Gilpin and Co, saw a large crowd of spectators at the Cattle Lawn, where they cheered on the teams.

Pictured receiving their second place prize in the YFCU machinery handling competition are county members  and  from  YFC with YFCU president, James Speers, Gethin Jones, sponsor from Johnston Gilpin and Co, and Paul Kelly, HSENI. Also pictured are representatives from Johnston Gilpin and Co and HSENI.

Pictured receiving their second place prize in the YFCU machinery handling competition are county members and from YFC with YFCU president, James Speers, Gethin Jones, sponsor from Johnston Gilpin and Co, and Paul Kelly, HSENI. Also pictured are representatives from Johnston Gilpin and Co and HSENI.

Johnston Gilpin and Co have supported the YFCU machinery handling competition for many years and provide the machinery for the young farmers to use during the event.

Working closely with the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), Johnston Gilpin and Co assist with the planning of the designated course to test the competitors’ tractor skills and safety knowledge.

Two members from clubs in each of the six counties, selected from county heats, made up the teams and the team who completed the course with the most points won the competition.

Second place was awarded to Co Down which included members Sam Graham 
from Killinchy YFC and 
Simon Agnew from Rathfriland YFC.

Points were awarded for successfully making it through the course and driving through the posts, however teams were penalised for a variety of reasons including if they did not comply with safety regulations, touching markers and unnecessary damage to the ground.

This competition was designed to test both the drivers’ tractor skills and safety knowledge.

YFCU would like to thank Johnston Gilpin and Co 
for their continued sponsorship and support of this 
event.

The association also extend their gratitude to Sean Keogh and Paul Kelly from HSENI.

YFCU would also like to thank Stuart Orr and Keith Dixon from Spa YFC who helped design the course.