Moycraig YFC’s Conor is crowned the YFCU’s silage making champion

Winner of the YFCU silage making competition, Connor Cochraine from Moycraig YFC (middle) is pictured with judges Mary-Jane Robinson from Thompsons Feeding Innovation and Sammy Hill from Randalstown YFC
Winner of the YFCU silage making competition, Connor Cochraine from Moycraig YFC (middle) is pictured with judges Mary-Jane Robinson from Thompsons Feeding Innovation and Sammy Hill from Randalstown YFC

Connor Cochraine from Moycraig YFC has been named the winner of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster 2018 silage making competition sponsored by John Thompson and Sons Limited.

The competition began in November with members from over 30 clubs throughout Northern Ireland taking part in regional heats.

From this the highest scorer from each county made it through to the final.

In second place was John Edgar from Trillick YFC and third place was given to John Porter from Annaclone and Magherally YFC.

The remaining finalists were Josh McCartney from Collone YFC, Jack Wilson from Lisbellaw YFC and Steven Moore from Coleraine YFC.

The competitors were assessed by judges Mary Jane Robinson from John Thompson and Sons Limited and Samuel Hill from Randalstown YFC.

The judges travelled to the farm of each finalist and carried out a visual inspection of the silage taking into account its fermentation, digestibility and dry matter content as well as the sealing of the silo and the way in which the effluent was collected.

They also conducted an interview with each of the finalists in relation to how the silage was made and their current feeding policy.

YFCU would like to thank the judging panel for taking the time to make their expertise available to the association.

It would also like to extend a note of appreciation to John Thompson and Sons Limited for their continued support of this event.