Oct 2015 28

A wild and blustery autumn day saw the largest turn out in the County Final of the Cumbria YFC Fence Erecting competition for over 20 years. 51 young farmers took part in the competition which was held at Newton Rigg by kind permission of Askham Bryan College.

Seventeen teams from around the county braved wind and rain to erect by hand, 13.5 metres of sheep netted fencing with box strainers at either end. The fence was also to contain a join in the netting and turn at a 45 degree angel half way along. The task proved a challenging one and called for teams to use all their skill and determination to complete the task within the given 2 and a half hours. Materials for the event were kindly provided by T.W. Relph and Sons, who for many years have supported Cumbria Young Farmers by sponsoring the competition.

Carlisle YFC’s A team of Chris Roe, Martin Hall and Tom Graham came 1st, completing the task in the allotted time. Grayrigg’s team of Nathan Mattinson, Richard Ladds and John Handley came 2nd. Eden Valley’s team of James Mason, Ben Pearson and Callum Smith came 3rd and Tony Booth, George Parkinson and Chris Raven from Crook came 4th.

Judges Alex Sibbald and Adrian Cowx presented Carlisle with the trophy and Alex commented that it was the best fencing competition he had judged with the number of teams turning out and the level of skill shown making it a very enjoyable day. The top 3 teams will now compete at the Northern Area Field Day in Lancashire in June.

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