MOST OF SILVERWARE GOES DEVON-WARDS
TEAMS of young farmers representing counties across England and Wales competed in the beef and sheep (live and carcass) judging competitions at the Smithfield Farmtech Show, but most of the silverware left London for Devon. There was plenty of it, too, as each of the individual award winners received tankards from Barclays Bank which sponsored the activity.
The John Speare trophy for gaining most marks overall was won by the Devon A team (Norman Rottenbury, Elon Westaway, Christopher Horton and Wendy Pile). Gwent was second and Devon B team third.
Devon B team (Paul Turner and Diana Bulled) won the team trophy for sheep judging with Devon A (Christopher Horton and Wendy Pile) second and Gwent (David Nicholas and Stephen Williams) third.
The top beef judging team was Devon A (Norman Rottenbury and Elon Westaway), with Gwent (Robert Edwards and Catherine Price) second and Montgomery A (Clive Langford and Wayne Davies) third.
Sheep, individual placings – junior: Equal 1 Wendy Pile (Devon A) and Denby Smith (Devon C), 3 Stephen Williams (Gwent), 4 Diana Bulled (Devon B). Senior: Equal 1 Paula Spiller (Glos & N Avon) and Nigel Owen (Montgomery A), 3 Paul Turner (Devon B), 4 Katy Slade (Somerset & S Avon A).
Beef, individual placings – junior: 1 Catherine Price (Gwent), 2 John Wood (Lancashire A), equal 3 Elon Westaway (Devon A) and Wayne Davies (Montgomery A). Senior: 1 Fiona Dymond (Cornwall A), 2 Laurie Ibbotson (Derbyshire), equal 3 Lynda Jones (Ceredigion) and Norman Rottenbury (Devon A).