Dec 2016 14

428 young people aged between 10 and 26 competed in the 2016 county wide Cumbria Young Farmers Quiz. After 4 gruelling rounds, the final 4 junior and senior teams met at the George Hotel, Penrith for what proved to be an entertaining and at times “nail biting” County Quiz Final.


The juniors competed first and got off to an exciting start with the scores in the first 3 rounds being very close. Penrith YFC and Raughton Head YFC vied for first and second place throughout. The final buzzer round saw Penrith YFC leave the opposition standing however, scoring an incredible 14 points. This secured a triumphant 1st place for Penrith YFC and team members; Joe Lyall, Rachel Lyall, Charlotte Wilson and Henry Wilson were delighted with their success. Raughton Head YFC were placed a hard- fought second and Lowick YFC and Eden Valley YFC came third and fourth respectively.


The senior quiz was equally inspiring with Greysouthen YFC and Eden Valley YFC neck and neck until the news round when Eden Valley pulled firmly ahead. The team compounded their success with an equally impressive lucky dip round, enabling the  team of Emma Metcalf, Paul Barrow, Ashley Herbert and Richard Drake to take a well-deserved first place. Caldbeck YFC came second, Greysouthen YFC third and Lowick YFC fourth.


Judges Mrs Linda Pigney (County President) and Mr Michael Graham (County Vice President) were impressed by the wide range of knowledge shown by the competitors and congratulated the winning teams on their success. Plaques from C and D Auction Marts Ltd were presented to the winning junior team, and glass tankards were presented to the winning senior team by Mr Dave McDonnell – Coy of Carrs Billington.


Two Cumbria YFC teams travelled down to the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire to compete in beef and pig live and carcase judging competitions on the 19th  and 20th  November with some great successes to report. Ian Smithson from Pennine YFC came 1st in the Senior Beef Live and 4th in the Individual competitions. Andrew Bateman from Grayrigg YFC was placed 4th in the Inter Beef Carcass and Matthew Fearon from Greysouthen YFC was placed 7th in the Senior Pigs Live competition. Cumbria A team were placed 10th and Cumbria B team 13th in the overall competition.