WHITBY’S Dairy Discussion group showed it is continuing to flourish despite on-going difficult times in the industry.
The results of its annual silage competition were announced at the latest meeting which had previously been postponed due to snow earlier in the year.
The competition is judged under British Grassland Society Rules which takes into account the silage making procedure, storage, feeding and environmental factors.
This year’s judge was Richard Wynn of KW Alternative Feeds, who was joined by the winner from 2011, Mark Smith of Woodhead Farm, Fryup.
The Shardlow Trophy for Clamp silage was received by S J Brown, Prespetary Farm, Ugthorpe along with 300 tonnes of Silage Additive from Genus Breeding Ltd.
M A Chapman at Traveller’s Rest, Ugthorpe received a voucher for Silage Additive from Moorside Farm Supplies for second place. and joint third went to T Cummins of Russell Hall Farm, Stainsacre and G Lillie of Forrest Farm, Castleton, sponsored by Farmway Ltd with soil samples.
The Malcolm Fairburn Trophy for big baled silage was received by S J Brown, Prespetary Farm, Ugthorpe along with cattle minerals from Moorside Farm Supplies.
Second place was received jointly by J B Abel & Son of Little Scaling Farm, Scaling, receiving a bottle of whiskey sponsored by D Hill Agricultural Contractor and M Tindall of Castle Houses, Danby who received a watch sponsored by Russell’s (Kirbymoorside) Ltd.
Third place was received by T Hodgson of Marfitt Head Farm, Pickering sponsored by J W Mortimer Ltd with some farm tools.
As part of the Silage Competition the judge awards the HSBC Bank plate to the most promising young farmer who entered the competition and this was awarded to Martin Tindall of Castle Houses, Danby.
After expressing thanks to the judges and sponsors the group announced there are just two meetings left for the season.
Tim Fawcett from Carrs Billington will be addressing the group on Monday. Meetings are held every second Monday in the month from October to April at 7.45pm with guest speakers each month.