Aug 2016 11

Cumbria Young Farmers have been far from idle over the summer months, travelling all over the country to show off their skills in national competitions. After progressing through the District, County and Area Rounds, our young farmers headed to the National Young Farmers Clubs’ Competition Day in Staffordshire to compete against the very best young farmers from other counties across England & Wales.

On Saturday 2nd July, Faye Batey, Katie McKie and Rebecca Aitken all of Wigton YFC braved the stage to read a passage each from “The Island” by Olivia Levez and came a very credible 2nd place with 103.5 points out of a total of 120 points, beating eight other teams, including their own peers from Kirklinton YFC who also came a very respectable 5th place.

Emma Blaylock, Longtown YFC and Emma Atkinson, Caldbeck YFC also made the journey to Staffordshire to test their skills in a very strong field of competitors in the Situations Vacant Competition and were placed in 5th and 7th place respectively. The Fence Erecting Team from Carlisle YFC gained a 10th place finish in a fiercely fought, difficult competition, which takes not only strength and determination, but also a great deal of skill and team work.

The 158th year of The Great Yorkshire gave the very best of our young farmers the opportunity to showcase their stock judging skills at a highly respected show.  In the overall team results, Cumbria A was placed 13th, Cumbria C 14th and Cumbria B 15th out of a total of 30 teams taking part.

It was the junior stock judgers who really shone this year however, with Eleanor Fisher from Penrith YFC taking the much coveted 1st prize in the Junior Dairy Stock Judging competition. James Collins one of the judges commented that “Eleanor was a great contestant, with a real eye for junior dairy stock judging and a fiery, competitive spirit and we are expecting great things from this young lady in the future”. Also doing Cumbria proud was Ellie Stamper from Lamplugh YFC who was placed 5th and Peter Fell, Furness YFC who was placed 15th in the junior stock judging, both exceptionally strong and talented stock judgers.

Cumbria Young Farmers have worked hard this year, not only taking part in many competitions but also by helping their local communities devastated in the floods. All our young farmers take great pride in their achievements and spend many hours practicing and preparing for competitions. Activities such as these are a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and once again they have done Cumbria YFC proud with their achievements.

Eleanor Fisher from Penrith YFC