YFCU’s annual fencing competition took place recently at the 2015 Northern Ireland Ploughing Championships at Balmoral Park, Lisburn with Spa YFC winning the advanced section and Crumlin YFC coming first in the novice section.
The competition was run in association with long term sponsor AH Ward and Boyd Limited who represent Betafence in Northern Ireland.
Twenty six teams took part and three competition judges, including Crosby Cleland from Crosby Cleland Fencing, gave their time and expertise to judge the finished fences.
Crosby Cleland Fencing has supported this competition throughout the years and has given expert guidance and training which has enabled many of the fencing teams to develop their fencing skills and to transfer these skills onto their farms and also as a career.
The novice section were asked to erect a 20 metre straight stock proof fence with each fence having the sheep wire and barbed wire joined by traditional methods at some point in the fence.
Meanwhile in the senior section the participants completed a 27m stock proof fence with a corner/bend at a predetermined point.
Both the sheep wire and the barbed wire were joined at the centre of the smaller section using traditional methods. Both sections were given three hours to complete the task.
For the first time in the competition a Fair Play Award was presented.
This aspect of the competition focused on good team work, health and safety and the importance of training.
Colin Boyd from sponsor AH Ward and Boyd Limited presented the prizes.
The Fair Play Award was granted to Holestone YFC for the Advanced Section and Ahoghill for the Novice Section.
In the novice section for fencing Crumlin YFC came first and received the perpetual plate, medals and a cheque courtesy of AH Ward and Boyd Limited. Moneymore YFC came second and Lylehill YFC came third.
In the advanced section Spa YFC came first and received the ‘Green Rylock Trophy’, medals, a cheque and a visit to a Green Rylock factory in Sheffield. Holestone YFC came second and Moneyrea YFC came third.
YFCU president Roberta Simmons closed the presentation of prizes with a word of thanks: “On behalf of the YFCU, I would like to extend a note of thanks to our long term sponsors Colin Boyd from AH Ward and Boyd Limited for their continued support of the competition.
“Thanks must also go to Crosby Cleland, Alan Angus and Alan Warwick for once again giving up their time and expertise to judge this extremely hard competition with such high standards.
“Finally, thanks must be given to all at the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association for their assistance.”