UFU announce silage competition winners
This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union recognised Northern Ireland’s top silage makers of 2019 as the UFU and competition sponsor United Feeds, announced winners online.
Traditionally, United Feeds would have kindly hosted an awards lunch in March but due to Covid-19 things had to be done differently.
Jonny Hutchinson of the South Londonderry Group (Maize), Albert and Ryan Millar of the North Tyrone Group (wholecrop), Maurice Farquhar of the West Antrim Group (bales), Stephen and Mark Montgomery of the North West Derry Group (dairy) and W & G Corrie of the Ards Group (beef and sheep) took top honours in the competition, which saw a record number of entries from farmers.
UFU president Ivor Ferguson said: “The UFU’s annual silage competition has always encouraged excellence and healthy competition among producers and once again the competition entries were to the highest standard.
“Our sponsor, CAFRE, UFU group managers and most importantly the farmers, have worked hard on ensuring we had a great competition and I would like to thank them all.”
Speaking on behalf of the silage competition sponsor United Feeds, Clarence Calderwood said: “We saw some exceptional silage from farmers in each of the categories.
“At United Feeds we aim to assist farmers in producing better quality silage every year which is why we support the Ulster Farmers’ Union competition.”
The full list of winners are:
1st Stephen & Mark Montgomery, North West Derry Group
2nd Joe, Noel & Helen Willis, North East Armagh Group
3rd B & R Lilburn, Lagan Group
Beef & sheep
1st W & G Corrie - Ards Group
2nd Roger & Hilary Bell, Ballyclare Group
3rd Alan & Peter Beattie, North Antrim Group
Alternative forage – Wholecrop
1st Albert & Ryan Millar, North Tyrone Group
2nd D & A Wallace, South Antrim Group
3rd Robert Rogers, East Tyrone Group
Alternative forage – maize
1st Jonny Hutchinson, South Londonderry Group
2nd Montgomery Brothers, North West Derry Group
3rd Stephen Clyde, Larne Group
1st Maurice Farquhar, West Antrim Group
2nd Keith Watson, North West Armagh Group
3rd Hugh & Lowry McCollum, North West Derry Group