UFU celebrates top silage makers

Round Bale N.I. winners: 'Back row (l-r): Joyce McConnell, Ballyclare Group; Lynsey Crawford, Alan Boyd United Feeds; and Lesley Graham, North Tyrone Group. 'Front row (l-r): James Robson (1st place), Ivor Ferguson, UFU President;  Jonathan Crawford (2nd place) and Stephen Smyth (3rd place).
Round Bale N.I. winners: 'Back row (l-r): Joyce McConnell, Ballyclare Group; Lynsey Crawford, Alan Boyd United Feeds; and Lesley Graham, North Tyrone Group. 'Front row (l-r): James Robson (1st place), Ivor Ferguson, UFU President; Jonathan Crawford (2nd place) and Stephen Smyth (3rd place).

This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union recognised Northern Ireland’s top silage makers of 2018 as the UFU and sponsors United Feeds hosted their Annual Silage Competition awards ceremony in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

Adrian and Ryan McFarland of the Mid Tyrone Group (Dairy), Gordonall Farms of the Ards Group (Beef and Sheep), Ryan Millar of the North Tyrone Group (Alternative Forage) and George Robson of the Ballyclare Group (Bale) took top honours in the competition, which saw a record number of entries from farmers.

This year saw the launch of the Bale silage award which increased entry numbers greatly and proved a tight competition.

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 sponsors, 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 sponsors 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 is as follows:

Dairy: 1st, Adrian & Ryan McFarland, Mid Tyrone Group; 2nd, William Henderson, East Tyrone Group; 3rd, J A Angus & Partners, Ards Group.

Beef & Sheep: 1st, Gordonall Farms, Ards Group; 2nd, Roger & Hilary Bell, Ballyclare Group; 3rd, John Fleming, Donard Group.

Alternative Forage: 1st, Ryan Millar, North Tyrone Group; 2nd, John McCollum & Sons, North West Derry Group; 3rd, Robert Macauley, Mid Down Group.

Bale: 1st, George Robson, Ballyclare Group; 2nd, AM & J Crawford, Larne Group; 3rd, Stephen Smyth, North Tyrone Group.