Union recognises the top class growers in province

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The Ulster Farmers’ Union along with the sponsors of the UFU Winter Barley Cereal Competition, Clarendon Agri-care & Bayer Crop Science, have once again paid recognition to the first class growers here in Northern Ireland.

Claiming a prestigious first place this year was Raymond, David and William Wilson of the UFU Ards group.

Second place was awarded to Albert and Ryan Miller, members of the UFU North Tyrone group followed by a respectable third place credited to Beattie and Reggie Lilburn of the UFU Lagan group.

Raymond, David and William enter the UFU cereals competition every year and are delighted to have received first place in the Winter Barley category. Commenting on this year’s growing season they said: “The threat of disease is always something that we have to be aware of and while it wasn’t as high as in previous years we followed a robust programme to ensure that the threat of disease was kept at bay. 

“The cold weather and late start to spring also presented a challenge but if the good weather continues we are hopeful that harvesting will commence at the end of July and that the this year’s crop has the potential to produce a good yield.”    

Speaking on behalf of the competition judges, Wendy Fearon from Clarendon Agricare said: “We wish to congratulate all those growers who made it to the NI final of this year’s Winter Barley competition. The standard of all the crops on the day was exceptional, with only one point separating the top fields.

“The first place field grown by Raymond, David and William Wilson was an outstanding crop of Bamboo six row variety, closely followed by Albert and Ryan Millar with another six row variety volume. Third place went to Beattie Reggie and Lilburn with an exceptional crop of Glacier two row variety.”

UFU deputy president Ivor Ferguson added: “I would like to congratulate Raymond, David and William on winning the winter barley category. The standard of entries was once again exceptionally high and all finalists deserve recognition for the high quality crop they produce.

“The UFU Cereals Competition recognises the talent of cereal growers in Northern Ireland and there is still time for cereal growers to enter the Oats, Winter Wheat, and Spring Barley cereal competition categories for the cereal competition. If you wish to enter please contact your group manager for details of your local group competition deadline.”

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to thank the competition sponsors, judges and everyone who entered this year’s winter barley cereals competition. Year on year the UFU’s competition goes from strength to strength and this year was no different. The UFU Seed and Cereals committee is to be commended for their hard work and dedication which continues to make this competition a resounding success.