Dec 2016 14

The sun shone on the 40 young farmers who turned out to take part in the annual Cumbria Young Farmers Fence Erecting competition, held at Newton Rigg by kind permission of Askham Bryan College.


Teams from around the county were tasked with erecting a 22 metre post and netting stock proof boundary fence in a straight line. The fence was also to have 2 strands of barbed wire above the netting and 1 strand of plain wire below the netting. The task proved an interesting one and called for teams to use all their skill and determination to complete the task within the given 2 and a quarter hours. Materials for the event were kindly provided by T.W. Relph and Sons and Betafence, who for many years have supported Cumbria Young Farmers by sponsoring the competition.


Judges Alex Sibbald and Adrian Cowx had their work cut out this year, and much deliberation took place before the results were announced. Carlisle YFC’s A team of Chris Roe, Martin Hall and Tom Graham came 1st, completing the task in the allotted time. Carlisle B team, consisting of Steven Taylor, Martin Elliott and Lewis Kirkham were hot on the heels of the A team and were placed 2nd.  Mark Fisher, Jimmy Harrison and Sam Mitchell from Penrith A team came 3rd and Raughton Head’s team of Michael Foster, Lee Elliott and Edward Turnbull were placed 4th.


Tony East from Betafence presented the trophy to Carlisle YFC and commended all the teams on their hard work during the competition. Judge Alex Sibbald thanked Newton Rigg College, T.W. Relph and Sons and Betafence for their continued support of the competition and commented that the level of skill shown by competitors was getting better and better every year. The top 3 teams will now compete at the Northern Area Field Day hosted by Durham YFC in June 2017.