Jul 2015 13

Hundreds of Young Farmers’ from Cumbria, East Riding, Isle of Man, Durham, Northumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire converged on Thirsk Auction Mart for the Northern Area Finals of the Field Day hosted by Yorkshire Young Farmers.The Young Farmers judged pigs, beef and butchers lambs, competed in tug of war, and fun competitions such as sheaf tossing and junior apple bobbing and showed off their baking skills to produce millionaires shortbread and banana loaf. Paul Gardner (Longtown YFC), Jack Peile (Wigton YFC) and Sarah Priestley (Longtown YFC)came first in their respective classes of; junior, inter and senior beef stockjudging. Whilst Tom Bland (Grayrigg YFC) came 1st in the senior pig stock judging. The Carlisle team of Chris Roe, Tom Graham and George Bowe won a well deserved first place in the Fence Erecting, whilst the Grayrigg juniors triumphed in the tug of war. The County Display (cube) was won by Hannah Place, Abbie Graves and Sarah Emmott, all Greysouthen YFC. There were many more winners across the Cumbria A, B and C teams, and jubilant competitors raised the roof when the final scores were announced:

The Final Scores resulted in Cumbria A winning the East Riding Trophy for Inter- County Events with 213 points, Cumbria B came 2nd with 165 points and Cumbria 3 completed the winning triumvirate with 160 points.

The Sheep Shearing Trophy, for both hand and machine shearing was won by Cumbria A with 22 points. Yorkshire A came 2nd with 21 points and Cumbria C came 3rd with 19 points.

Cumbria B came 2nd with 124 points in the Barclays Bank Trophy with Yorkshire A paced 1st with 127 points and Durham placed 3rd with 104 points.

Finally the Earl of Derby Trophy for the Field Day winners was presented to Cumbria A’s team captain, Lucy Mason in recognition of their 402 point win. Cumbria B was placed 2nd with 351 points and 3rd Yorkshire A with 346 points.

NAFD 2015