A silver salver for top
THE 1997 NFYFC stockman of the year is Geoff Probert of Herefordshire who took the title at the European Dairy Event. Geoff won the title in 1995 and was runner up last year. His prize was a cheque for £300 and the Midland Bank perpetual challenge silver salver.
Chris Horton of Devon B was runner up and Geraint Jones of Ceredigion B was third in this competition which requires competitors to complete a written stock management project, perform a veterinary task, judge rings of sheep, pigs, and beef and dairy cattle and face an interview panel.
The young stock judge of the year title went to Gloucester-shires Laura Cheacker. Meinir Thomas of Carmarthen A was second and Wendy Pile of Devon A third. Laura received a cheque for £50 and the Midland Bank trophy. Finalists in this competition have to complete a multi-choice animal health questionnaire as well as judge rings of sheep, pigs and beef and dairy cattle.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers dairy stock judging competition winners were as follows:
Junior 1 Andrew Pursey, Herefordshire A; 2 Robert Chandler, Gwent; 3 Gillian Mares, Lancashire B.
Intermediate 1 Ian Collins, Yorkshire C; 2 Sarah Hitchon, Herefordshire B; 3 Gavin Inman, Cumbria A.
Linear assessment 1 Derfel Harries, Carmarthen B; 2 David Hodgson, Cumbria B; 3 Helen Booth, Yorkshire A.
Team placings 1 Cumbria B (David Hodgson, Richard Bainbridge, Claire Metcalfe); 2 Carmarthenshire B (Derfel Harries, Brian Evans, Rhys Thomas); 3 Cumbria A (Willie Taylor, Gavin Inman, Adam Berry).
The Northamptonshire Country Centre which provides training for young people with learning difficulties is among the charities that will benefit from Thrapston and District YFCs ploughing marathon. The 24hr event which took place at Friendly Lodge, Raunds raised