Fermanagh farmers have been presented with awards in recognition of their grazing management and silage making.
The annual prize distribution at Fermanagh Grassland Club was held at the Club’s annual dinner at which the speaker was Alan Kyle, who has published a book on his farming memoirs, “A Touch of Grass.”
The winners of the grazing management competition sponsored by the Vaughan Trust were:
Dairying - 1 (Stevenson Cup), Matthew Alcorn, Omagh; 2, George Graham, Kinawley; 3, Christopher Brady, Florencecourt.
Beef - 1 (Todd Cup), Tim Carson, Lisbellaw; 2, Jason Elliott; 3, Roy Mayers, Tempo.
Best overall - Matthew Alcorn.
The grazing competition was judged by former winner, Anthony Greene, Derrygonnelly and Gerard Nicholl, Enniskillen Campus, CAFRE.
The silage competition was sponsored for the 10th consecutive year by Barenbrug and judged by David Linton, Barenbrug’s Northern Ireland Manager and Alan Coalter, a former winner, assisted by Kerrie Brown, a placement student with Barenbrug.
The winners were;
Under 900 tonnes - 1 (Hermon Cup), Stephen Johnston, Lisnaskea; 2, Wesley Elliott, Rosslea; 3, Raymond Johnston, Tempo.
Over 900 tonnes - 1 (Tisdall Cup), Colin Foster; 2, Jonathan Wilson; 3, Jason McMahon, Rosslea.
The winner of each category receives sponsorship from the Vaughan Trust valued at up to £750 towards a study tour.
The club chairman, Robert Graham, also announced the winner of the Houston Trophy. This year the award went to John Egerton, Rosslea, who had made a significant contribution to the farming industry through his sustainable beef from the suckler herd which has been recognised across Northern Ireland. He also hosted visits for Open Farm Weekend.
The speaker was Alan Kyle, who last year published his book, “A Touch of Grass” with proceeds going to cancer charities.
He recounted his own farming history near Omagh and while retired, he and his wife, Agnes, regularly visit sons, Michael, farming in Scotland and Kenneth in New Zealand as well as his two daughters.
The book’s first print run has been sold out.