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“All farm subsidies should be removed”; “ Is renewable energy too heavily subsidised”; “Should animals be used for medical research”; these were some of the tricky topics debated by the finalists of the Cumbrian Young Farmers Senior Brainstrust competition. Judges Mr Jonathan Mason and Mr John Longmire said they had enjoyed the entertaining discussions and were impressed with the standard of debate . They presented the Midland Bank Perpetual Trophy to the winners from Crook YFC, Tom Redmayne, James and Matt Park and Sarah Carruthers. Edwin Holliday, James and Philip Mattinson and Michael Robinson for Aspatria YFC were placed second and Longtown’s Julie Denby, Sarah Priestly, Robert Carruthers and Richard Priestly were third.

Senior Brainstrust Contestants 2014